Winnipeg police arrest suspect after man fatally shot while feeding cats in Ross Avenue back lane

A man was found shot in the back lane of Ross Avenue near Isabel Street on April 15, 2020. Photo: Northern Plains Freelancer.

Winnipeg police have arrested a suspect in the homicide of a 57-year-old man who was found with a gunshot wound in a Ross Avenue back lane, earlier this month.

On April 15, at 1:40 p.m., police responded to a report of an injured male near the intersection of Isabel Street and Ross Avenue.

Officers located a man in the back lane between Ross and Elgin Avenues and determined that he had been shot. The man was taken to hospital in critical condition but succumbed to his injuries.

The victim was identified as Brian James Brisson, 57-years-old.

Members of the Homicide Unit continued with the investigation.

It is believed that Brisson had been feeding stray cats at the time of the shooting.

In addition, it was discovered that just prior to the homicide, a 21-year-old man had been cleaning debris in a back lane between William Avenue and Elgin Avenue east of Isabel Street when he was shot at. The gunfire missed and the man fled to safety.

On April 27, a male suspect was arrested at a residence in the Centennial neighbourhood.

Darian John Thomas, 20 years-old, of Winnipeg, has been charged with second-degree murder, attempt to commit murder using a firearm, discharge a firearm with intent and carrying a concealed weapon, prohibited device or ammunition.

He was detained in custody.

Investigators believe that both victims were shot at without provocation and neither knew the shooter.