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Darren Amell - Unsolved Murder (Winnipeg 1991)
« on: April 06, 2007, 12:42:10 AM »
The Darren Amell Murder
At 1:45 am on the morning of Tuesday, October 22nd, 1991, the police were called to the Windsor Park Inn located at 1034 Elizabeth Road where a man had been shot. When they arrived they found 23-year old Darren Amell suffering from multiple gun shot wounds to the body. He was rushed to hospital but subsequently died as a result of one of the bullets penetrating his heart and lung.

Earlier that night Darren and his brother had been drinking and playing pool at Club Soda, a bar located at the Windsor Park Inn. While playing pool Darren became involved in a dispute with an unknown male who didn't like the way Darren looked and who suggested that they "step out side". Darren subsequently followed the male to the foyer of the hotel leading to the parking lot on the east side of the complex. Once there the male pulled out a semi-automatic handgun and fired several times at Darren, hitting him in the chest and leg. The male subsequently fled the area, running north and then cutting through a yard in Dugas Street. The male was followed for a short distance by an employee from the hotel who discontinued his chase after being shot at by the male.

The altercation was witnesses by several people who variously described the suspect as being a white male, early 20's, 5'10" in height, slim build, wavy dark brown shoulder length hair (shorter on top and longer at the back), clean shaven, dark eyebrows and high cheek bones. The suspect was wearing a black leather jacket, blue jeans and a light coloured shirt. The weapon was identified as a .25 calibre handgun, however it has never been recovered. There is no indication that Darren or his friends knew the male who shot him and no one at the bar was able to identify who he might have been.

Detailed information has been received that the male responsible for this crime has committed suicide. Based on the nature and quality of the information and this persons likeness to the composite drawing, the police consider this to be accurate and the file has been suspended. Nevertheless, people with additional information about this case are still encouraged to contact the police.

If you have any information about this case, please contact Crime Stoppers at 786-TIPS (8477), or e-mail Sgt. Al Bradbury and Det. Jon Lutz of the Cold Case Homicide Unit.


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Re: Darren Amell - Unsolved Murder (Winnipeg 1991)
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2012, 03:15:57 AM »
- The suspect killed himself in late fall of 1991, apparently out of remorse.

- Information about the suspect's suicide did not come to light until 1993. Winnipeg Police suspended investigation into the Darren Amell murder case in spring 2002. But in October, 1993, Insp. Conrad Gislason had noted the investigation into the case was now closed.

Alberta's Chief Medical Examiner had told the media in 1993 he was very badly briefed by Winnipeg Police on the case and he was leaning towards calling for a formal inquest under the Fatality Inquiries Act. He urged the police to release the information on the suspect to the public but the police refused.

- The police said in 1993 the evidence against this man was solid and murder charges would "probably" have been laid if he were still alive.

- Media had also reported Darren Amell's age as 24-years-old.

- The suspect initially became involved in an argument with Darren's brother, Bryce, who was celebrating his 18th birthday at the bar. The gunman confronted Bryce at which point Darren came to his aid. A source quoted in the Winnipeg Free Press said "He said something like, 'If you want to fight, you're going to fight me, not my brother,'"

- As Darren Amell and the suspect were headed to the parking lot located on the east side of the complex to "settle" an argument, the suspect opened fire on Amell from behind, hiting him in the back.

Officials previously involved with this case:

Const. Jerry Maryniuk - Winnipeg Police
Const. John Burchill - Winnipeg Police
Insp. Conrad Gislason - Winnipeg Police
Insp. David Johnson - Winnipeg Police
Dr. Peter Markesteyn - Alberta's Chief Medical Examiner
« Last Edit: March 20, 2012, 03:41:36 AM by BCID »


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Re: Darren Amell - Unsolved Murder (Winnipeg 1991)
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2012, 04:57:06 PM »
So the big tough guy picks a fight with an 18 year old kid, failing that plan then shoots another in the back?? Brave guy.