Winkler, Manitoba – We are extremely saddened to report that Zachary STRAUGHAN, 25, of Saskatoon Saskatchewan has succumbed to his injuries and that late yesterday afternoon his death was announced at Health Sciences Center. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. The family has graciously consented to their son being considered for the organ donation program in hopes that it may save the life of someone in need.
Justin Leslie Bird, 29, also of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan remains in custody at the Winnipeg Remand Center. His next court appearance is scheduled for Morden Provincial Court on October 11th, 2016. Investigators are in discussion with the Crowns office regarding the possibility of upgrading charges. Further media releases will be forth coming when new information is confirmed.
UPDATED REPORT: UPDATE: Charges Against Saskatoon Male Upgraded to Manslaughter
Winkler police officers were called to the Valley Bowling Lanes one minute before midnight on Saturday where an argument over a small unpaid bill between two males well known to each other, turned violent. The victim was struck several times with a pool cue and was reported to be unconscious. The first police officer arriving on scene immediately began CPR while other responding officers began gathering the necessary information to locate the suspect.
Policing truly is a community partnership and this was again evident when a witness called Provincial 911 and followed the fleeing assailant, leading police directly to his location at the 7-Eleven where a safe arrest was made within minutes of the attack. Justin Leslie Bird, was initially held on charges of Aggravated Assault and Possession of a Controlled Substance.
Winkler Police Department