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Long-sought suspect in slaying found in Vancouver

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The long arm of the law has finally caught up with a homicide suspect accused of gunning down a young Winnipeg man and injuring a young woman in broad daylight in a case of mistaken gang identity.

The man, 18, was arrested by police in Vancouver on Thursday and has been returned to Winnipeg to face charges of second-degree murder and attempted murder in connection with the death of Nigel Dixon, 20, last April.

Dixon was shot on the afternoon of April 2, 2013 as he walked with a female friend in the 500 block of Langside Street.

Winnipeg police said today Dixon and the woman he was with were approached by a group, who accused them of being gang members. They denied this and were shot as they walked away from the confrontation.

"Injuries to the victims support the fact that they were attempting to flee from the suspect group when they were shot," police said.

Dixon and the female were not associated with any gangs, said police.

The area where the event happened was rife with bad blood between the Mad Cowz and Manitoba Warriors gangs as the Warriors attempted to assert control over the drug trade.

Twice in the past year, police took the rare step of applying for court orders allowing them to release the suspect's name and picture in hopes of shaking loose tips on where to find him. Police suspected he'd left the jurisdiction and obtained Canada-wide warrants.

The orders were time-limited and now he's in custody, the routine prohibition on publicly identifying him is in place because he's charged under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

He's due to make a court appearance in youth court this afternoon.


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