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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.

alexandra.paul@freepress.mb.ca

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

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