Winnipeg Police Use DNA Evidence in Laying Firearm Charges

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WINNIPEG – Winnipeg Police continue their task of fighting crime and using the latest in science and technology to do so.

On March 20, 2016, at approximately 1:35 a.m., members of the Winnipeg Police Service responded to a report of gunshots that had been heard from within the 800 block of Manitoba Avenue.

Members of the K9 Unit, with the assistance of the Tactical Support Team, tracked to a house party at the 900 block of Manitoba Avenue. Eighteen occupants of the house were removed and interviewed.

No firearm was located inside the residence, but a stolen .357 Magnum revolver was recovered from a recycling bin behind the house. The firearm was found to have four spent rounds in the cylinder.

Members of the Major Crimes Unit continued with the investigation, and forensic testing of the Magnum revolver was completed by the Firearm Investigative Analysis Section (FIAS). With the assistance of the RCMP’s National Forensic Laboratory Services, an examination of DNA evidence identified a suspect that had been at the house party.

On July 26, 2019, at approximately 10:30 am CDT, a North District Community Support Unit located the suspect at a residence in the 500 block of Langside Street and placed him under arrest.

Steven Allen Taylor, a 26-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

– Possession of a Weapon
– Possession of Firearm, Restricted/Prohibited Weapon or Ammunition Contrary to Prohibition Order
– Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized
– Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000

He was detained in custody.