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Homicide victim identified

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Police have identified the latest homicide victim as Geoffrey Oliver Reid.

Reid, 27, died of a gun shot wound, Police Service spokesman Const. Jason Michalyshen said.

He, along with witnesses, dialed 911 for help and reported the shooting  around 5 p.m. Saturday in the 300 block of Alexander Avenue.

The victim called 911 at the same time he fled the scene. Police found him a short distance away.

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

They also said they were immediately aware the wound would be fatal.

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 during and went missing for five days before being arrested at a Maryland Street home.

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

Police had released a photo of Reid when they were searching for him.

In May, 2012, he 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, however, it's not clear how that was to proceed.

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

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 13, 2014 A5


Updated on Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 9:40 AM CDT: Adds incident a homicide

11:38 AM: Police release name of homicide victim

12:27 PM: Adds details and photo

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