A city firefighter has been criminally charged for allegedly assaulting and pointing a handgun at his wife, also a WFPS employee, in 2020.
The accused — who remains actively employed by the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service — was arrested Nov. 24, 2021, by city police while on duty at the Osborne Street fire hall.
He was released on a promise to appear in court; his first hearing is scheduled for Feb. 15.
The Free Press is not naming either the accused nor alleged victim as it is a domestic violence case, nor is it revealing the location of the reported offence as it could possibly be identifying.
No publication ban has been issued by the courts at this time.
The alleged assault took place Oct. 7, 2020, in rural Manitoba. A criminal complaint was filed with the RCMP on May 31, 2021, and an investigation was launched.
Manitoba RCMP secured an arrest warrant for charges of assault and pointing a firearm (pistol) Sept. 23, 2021.
The United Fire Fighters of Winnipeg — the union that represents city firefighters — did not respond to a request for comment Thursday.
In a written statement sent to the Free Press, a WFPS spokeswoman said an "employment investigation" into the matter is "ongoing at this time."
"Typically, any action taken by an employer must be balanced with the employee’s constitutional right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty. Our practice has been to consider each case on its own," the spokeswoman said.
"We can further advise that the employee in question is in an accommodated position with no interaction with the general public. We will not be providing additional comment, as it’s an ongoing human resources matter."
The alleged victim is listed in the City of Winnipeg’s 2020 compensation disclosure agreement as a dual firefighter-primary care paramedic.
The accused is a more recent hire in the department, who remains on a probationary period. He is not listed in the city’s latest compensation disclosure document.
The allegations have not been proven in court.
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