Police identify man found dead at Balmoral rooming house
Published Tuesday, February 26, 2013 8:41PM CST
Last Updated Thursday, February 28, 2013 10:51AM CST
Officers said a man was found dead inside a residence in the 600 block of Balmoral Street late Tuesday afternoon.
On Thursday, police released the man's name. Ronald Harold McKinnon, 54, was found dead inside the residence, said police.
The rooming house residence has been nicknamed “Murder Mansion” by some Winnipeggers.
Police previously said they were investigating a serious assault at the location, but confirmed late Wednesday morning they were investigating a suspicious death.
In 2008, a man was stabbed to death in the home. Police wouldn’t say Wednesday how often they respond to calls at the location, but explained they are familiar with the address.
“This rooming house is a place where police have had a lot of contact in the past,” said Const. Eric Hofley from Winnipeg police.
Jeff Shwaluk bought the residence in 2010 and said he was trying to fix up the home to attract more reliable tenants. He also installed security cameras that he said helped get rid of a gang problem.
Since buying the place and making the changes in 2010, he said police haven't had to make as many visits to the building.
“It's like once a month, twice a month, instead of once or twice a day when I first took it over,” he said.
CTV News spoke to several people who live in the building. Some said they're happy with the security cameras but others say there's still more that could be done to change the building's reputation. Shwaluk says those changes are coming.
On Wednesday, police said an autopsy has been scheduled to determine the cause of the man's death Tuesday afternoon.
Anyone with information in the case is asked to call investigators at 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-8477.