Second suspect charged with first-degree murder in fatal shooting of Cody Sleigh

Cody Sleigh was gunned down near the intersection of Main Street and Magnus Avenue in Winnipeg on July 21, 2020. (Photo: Northern Plains Freelancer)

A second man has been brought to Winnipeg and charged with first-degree murder in connection with a homicide outside a halfway house last year.

On July 21, 2020, Cody Alexander Sleigh 31, was found in the 1000 block of Main Street suffering from gunshot wounds. He was rushed to hospital in critical condition but died two days later.

Sleigh, who was originally from Williams Lake B.C., served time in prison after pleading guilty in May 2015 to his role in a November 2011, gunpoint kidnapping in Vancouver, which was orchestrated by the Independent Soldiers gang. He was on parole at the time he was killed.

Winnipeg police investigated the fatal shooting of Sleigh and identified two suspects, Kleon Cassidy Pop, 32, and Dyllan Petrin, 19. Investigators believed the men had left the city and returned to British Columbia.

On September 7, 2020, detectives from the Winnipeg police homicide unit, with assistance from Williams Lake RCMP, arrested Pop for the killing of Sleigh. He was returned to Winnipeg and charged with first-degree murder. A Canada-wide arrest warrant was issued for Petrin. 

Dyllan Petrin. Supplied image by Winnipeg police.

The Surrey RCMP serious crime unit worked with Winnipeg police to locate Petrin and eventually learned that he was “hiding out” in Vancouver.

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Last week, Petrin was arrested in Vancouver for a July 2019, kidnapping in Surrey B.C., and for the death of Sleigh in Winnipeg. Several police agencies, including heavily armed emergency response teams, were involved in the arrest.

Petrin was brought back to Winnipeg and charged with first-degree murder on Saturday.