Manitoba RCMP lay charge in death of 45-year-old male at Headingley Correctional Centre

January 21, 2022
Winnipeg, Manitoba

News release

On February 7, 2021, just before 7:00 pm, Headingley RCMP responded to a report of an unresponsive male inmate at the Headingley Correctional Centre.

That same evening, the Manitoba RCMP's Major Crime Services took carriage of the investigation.

The investigation determined that there was a prolonged standoff between Correction Officers and an inmate in a common area within Headingley Correctional Centre. The standoff ended when the facility's Critical Emergency Response Team extracted the inmate from the area.

The inmate, identified as William Ahmo, a 45-year-old male from Sagkeeng First Nation, became unresponsive following the extraction and was transported to hospital in medical distress. On February 14, 2021, he died in hospital.

An autopsy completed by the Chief Medical Examiner's Office of Manitoba determined that his death was the result of a homicide.

Following an extensive investigation by officers within Major Crime Services, a detailed investigative report was sent to the Manitoba Prosecution Service for opinion. The Manitoba Prosecution Service subsequently forwarded the investigative report to Ontario's Ministry of the Attorney General for opinion.

Based on these consultations, Robert Jeffrey Morden, a 43-year-old male from the RM of Rockwood was arrested on January 21, 2022, and charged with Criminal Negligence Causing Death and Failing to Provide the Necessities of Life. Robert Morden is a Corrections Officer at the Headingley Correctional Centre.


Contact information

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File number: 2021-172099

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