Winnipeg police seek man wanted in connection with Wolseley homicide

Winnipeg Police have issued a Canada-wide arrest warrant for second-degree murder in connection with the death of a 44-year-old man.

Wendell John Boulanger died after being seriously assaulted in the city’s Wolseley neighbourhood Thursday afternoon, police say.

The Winnipeg police homicide unit is asking the public for assistance in locating Issa Musa, 27.

Musa is described as five feet 10 inches tall, and approximately 162 pounds, with a medium build. He has brown eyes and black hair. He is known to have tattoos on both forearms.

The public is cautioned not to approach Musa. Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call 911.

Neighbours say the home was visited frequently by police and paramedics and was the scene of an assault earlier this month. (Trevor Brine/CBC)

Police called about assault Thursday

Police were called just before 1:30 p.m. Thursday for a report of an assault at a home in the 500 block of Craig Street.

Neighbours say the home was frequently visited by police and emergency responders. 

“I just heard these sirens coming and I saw about six police cars, and a fire truck and an ambulance. They [police officers] said it was an incident. They  wanted to know if I had seen anything or heard anything. Probably at least three times a month I see emergency services visiting that house.” said Craig Street resident Edward Meek.

Investigators’ markers were set up around the scene on Craig Street Friday morning. (Trevor Brine/CBC)

When they got there, officers found a man inside who had been seriously injured. Police began performing first aid, including CPR, and the man was rushed to hospital in critical condition. He later died from his injuries, police say.

Police were also at a residence on Lincoln Avenue, in the Weston area, on Friday morning holding another scene related to the Wolseley death. 

Police were on Lincoln Avenue, in the Weston area, on Friday morning, holding another scene related to the Wolseley death. (Trevor Brine/CBC)

On Friday, police identified the victim as Boulanger and members of the homicide unit began investigating his death.

Kim Wheeler and her partner live on Craig Street just down from the home where Boulanger was found. 

Wheeler says a man and a woman had lived in the rented house for approximately three years and she often heard loud arguments and screaming.

On Thursday afternoon she heard noise from the house once again. 

“I was up working and and I heard screaming sometime probably sometime around 1. Like, this incoherent screaming, very briefly, and then it stopped and I finished up doing the work I had to do, and I came down and it was around then [I saw] like seven cop cars, an ambulance, a fire truck,” Wheeler said. 

Residence was scene of assault earlier this month 

Wheeler says the incident Thursday wasn’t the only time this month police were called to the home. 

“The police came; there were bloody footprints down the back lane. They had it taped off from our house, which is a couple doors down.” Wheeler said.

CBC News has been able to confirm Winnipeg police responded to a call for an injured female near the home on Jan. 5.

No charges have been laid in that incident.

A source also confirmed officers visited the home four separate times since the beginning of January. 

This is the second homicide of 2021. 

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