Winnipeg man charged following Centennial homicide

By | April 28, 2020

WINNIPEG — Winnipeg police have arrested and charged a 20-year-old man following a shooting in the Centennial neighbourhood earlier this month.

Darian John Thomas was arrested Tuesday, and has been charged with second-degree murder, attempt to commit murder using a firearm, discharge a firearm with intent and carrying a concealed weapon, prohibited device, or ammunition.

Thomas was detained in custody, and the charges have not been proven in court.

According to Winnipeg police, officers responded to reports of an injured male near the intersection of Isabel Street and Ross Avenue on April 15. Officers determined the man was suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to hospital in critical condition where he died from his injuries.

The victim was identified as Brian James Brisson, 57.

According to police, Brisson was believed to have been feeding stray cats in the area when he was shot.

Police said, just prior to the homicide, a 21-year-old male was shot at while cleaning debris in the back lane between William Avenue and Elgin Avenue. The gunfire missed, and the man fled to safety.

It is believed that Brisson had been feeding stray cats in the area when he was shot.

Police allege both Brisson and the 21-year-old male were shot at without provocation, and were not known to the suspect.

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