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Latest homicide victim faced deportation

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Winnipeg's latest homicide victim had been ordered in 2012 to face deportation proceedings after serving a jail sentence. Instead, he was fatally shot on an inner-city street Saturday.

What happened to that deportation hearing was not immediately clear Sunday.

Police identified the city's latest homicide victim as Geoffrey Oliver Reid.

Reid, 27, died of a gunshot wound, Winnipeg Police Service spokesman Const. Jason Michalyshen said Sunday.

Reid, along with witnesses, dialed 911 and reported the shooting around 5 p.m. Saturday in the 300 block of Alexander Avenue as he was fleeing the scene of the shooting. Police found him a short distance away.

Officers arrived on the scene before paramedics and reported Reid was conscious when they found him outside a residence in the 400 block of Pacific Avenue.

Reid was pronounced dead a short time later.

The shooting scene has been the focus of a homicide investigation since Saturday, with both a police forensic unit and detectives combing the area for evidence.

Reid, a native of Jamaica, was known to police.

He was shot by officers in July 2010 in the 500 block of Alexander Avenue after he threatened them with a gun. He escaped and went missing for five days before being arrested at a Maryland Street home.

It was only after the arrest police found out the man had been hit by a bullet from an officer's weapon.

In May 2012, Reid pleaded guilty to firearms-related offences and was sentenced to two years less a day in jail. He was to face a deportation hearing following his stay in jail.

Reid is the sixth homicide victim so far this year. By this time last year, Winnipeg had recorded five homicides.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 14, 2014 A5

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