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Suspect in Manitoba homicide is considered armed and may have police gear, RCMP warn

Manitoba RCMP say Eric Wildman, 34, is back in Manitoba and has a court date set for Wednesday, June 23, 2021.
Manitoba RCMP say Eric Wildman, 34, is back in Manitoba and has a court date set for Wednesday, June 23, 2021. Manitoba RCMP

RCMP is on the hunt for a Manitoba homicide suspect who they say is considered armed and dangerous, and may have access to police gear.

Eric Paul Wildman, 34, was charged earlier Monday after officers recovered his vehicle Friday and searched it Sunday, where they found firearms, police tactical equipment, patches and other items resembling police clothing.

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They say Wildman, of the Rural Municipality of St. Clements, is considered a suspect in the homicide of 40-year-old Clifford Joseph.

Police issued a statement late Monday night saying extensive efforts were underway to take Wildman safely into custody. RCMP say he may have access to more firearms and police items, and they warn people not to approach him.

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Wildman has been charged with unsafe transportation of a firearm as well as the possession of a prohibited device without a license.

Mounties had already said on the weekend that they were seeking Wildman in Joseph’s disappearance.

Joseph was last seen leaving his home around 3:30 a.m. June 7. His truck was found abandoned in a rural area off Road 44 East later that day and his disappearance was considered suspicious.

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Wildman is described as 6-feet-2-inches, weighing 170 pounds with blue eyes, and police say he is known to frequent Winnipeg and the RM of St Clements.

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Police have said Wildman was last seen on foot in the East Kildonan area of Winnipeg.

Police are asking Manitobans not to approach Wildman and to call a tip-line (431-489-8551) if there is any information.

–With files from The Canadian Press

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