Three Improvised Firing Devices Discovered During Winnipeg Medical Call

Winnipeg, Manitoba – On August 25, 2017, at approximately 3:00 p.m., emergency personnel responded to a report of a medical incident at a residence in the 100 block of Thomas Berry Street.

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Upon arrival of the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service, a number of firearms were observed inside the house. Members of the Winnipeg Police Service subsequently attended and seized a number of items including the following:

  • 3 improvised firing devices.
  • 6 bicycles.
  • Various types of ammunition.

Two of the improvised firing devices appear to be “bang stick” style firearms. One, a brown cane, was found to have a spent .410 calibre round inside it. The other, part of a red and white broom stick, had a live .22 calibre round ready to fire.

The last improvised firing device appears to have been removed from an airsoft rifle.

In 2016, the Winnipeg Police Service seized 2 improvised firing devices. So far in 2017, 9 have been seized.

5 bicycles have been confirmed as stolen and have been returned to their owners.

Cory Richard Vincent, a 42-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

  • Possession of a Weapon (x3)
  • Possession of a Firearm Obtained by Crime (x3)
  • Possession of a Restricted Weapon Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized (x3)
  • Possession of a Firearm Contrary to Prohibition Order (x3)
  • Store Firearm or Restricted Weapon Contrary to Regulations
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime under $5,000 (x3)
  • Fail to Comply with Probation Order

Justin Mathew Melo, a 30-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

  • Possession of a Weapon (x3)
  • Possession of a Firearm Obtained by Crime (x3)
  • Possession of a Restricted Weapon Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized (x3)
  • Store Firearm or Restricted Weapon Contrary to Regulations
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime under $5,000 (x3)
  • Fail to Comply with Probation Order
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Both were detained in custody.

Firearms/Theft – Arrests: C17-189994

Winnipeg Police Service


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