Winnipeg police charge man with second-degree murder after taxi driver killed

A Duffy’s taxi with doors open was parked on Burrows Avenue between McGregor and Andrews streets after the driver had been seriously assaulted, on Thursday morning. Photo: Northern Plains Freelancer.

Winnipeg police have charged a man in ‘unprovoked violent attack’ that killed a taxi driver on Burrows Avenue.

On Thursday, at 5:25 a.m., police responded to a taxi cab driver in distress. The taxi was stopped on the road in the 500 block of Burrows Avenue.

Responding officers located the driver of the taxi who had been seriously assaulted. He was taken to hospital in critical condition but succumbed to his injuries.

A Duffy’s taxi with doors open was parked on Burrows Avenue between McGregor and Andrews streets after the driver had been seriously assaulted, on Thursday morning. Photo: Northern Plains Freelancer.

The deceased victim has been identified as Balvir Toor, 44, of Winnipeg.

The Homicide Unit continued to investigate.

Last night, a male suspect was taken into custody at a residence in the King Edward neighbourhood.

Investigators believe that the suspect had called for a taxi and after being picked up, stabbed the driver in an unprovoked violent attack. The suspect then fled, and the driver was able to activate his emergency light, which was observed by individuals in the area who contacted police.

Okoth Obeing, 20, of Winnipeg, has been charged with second-degree murder and fail to comply with condition of release order (x4).

He was detained in custody.