Winnipeg Fire Paramedic personnel and Winnipeg Police General Patrol officers responded to a working fire at a building at 157 Scott Street on August 15th at approximately 11:00pm.
Police said the fire was active in the second floor apartment of a building that contained a convenience store on the lower level. Firefighters located Jung Ja SHIN, 60 years in critical condition and paramedics rushed her to hospital, where she died from fire related injuries.
As a result of the investigation, it has been determined that the fire was intentionally set. According to Winnipeg police four fires were set that same evening, all in the same geographic area, and investigators believe the same suspect to be responsible:
- 157 Scott St. (363 Wardlaw Avenue, contiguous to 157 Scott)
- 151 Scott St. (debris fire was started but burned out)
- 137 Scott St. (Church. Unsuccessful attempt)
- 369 Stradbrook Ave. (Video available. The suspect attempted to start the fire but was not successful).
The suspect has been described as a white male, approximately 30-years-old. 5’10”, athletic build, short light hair or possibly shaved head, wearing blue Adidas baseball hat, black t-shirt, black shorts, black footwear with white soles, black Covid mask.
Anyone with information that may assist investigators is asked to call the Homicide Unit at 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).
Update August 21st
Winnipeg police Homicide Unit have arrested and charged Douglas Wayne Last, 50, for four fires believed to have been deliberately set, including one which fatally injured Jung Ja Shin, a 60-year-old female. Last has been charged with:
– Arson with Disregard for Human Life (x3)
– Fail to Comply with Condition of Release Order (x2)