Winnipeg man, 20, charged with 2nd-degree murder after Centennial shooting: police

By | April 28, 2020

A man is now in custody and facing a second-degree murder charge in the death of Brian James Brisson, 57, who was feeding stray cats in a back lane when he was fatally shot nearly two weeks ago.

Darian John Thomas, a 20-year-old man from Winnipeg, was arrested on Monday, Winnipeg police said in a Tuesday news release.

Brian Brisson was shot while feeding cats in a Winnipeg back lane. (Courtesy Brisson family)

Thomas is also facing an attempted murder charge, with police alleging he shot at another person just before Brisson was killed.

Brisson, 57, died in hospital after being shot in a back lane between Ross and Elgin avenues around 1 p.m. on April 15.

Homicide investigators also say that just before Brisson was killed, a 21-year-old man who was cleaning up garbage in the same back lane was shot at.

The gunfire missed the 21-year-old, however, and he was able to get away safely, police say.

Investigators don’t believe Thomas knew either Brisson or the 21-year-old, and say there was no provocation for the shootings.

Thomas faces charges of second-degree murder, attempt to commit murder using a firearm, discharging a firearm with intent, and carrying a concealed weapon, prohibited device or ammunition.

He was detained in custody.

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