No Charges Laid Against Bystander in Fatal Domestic Spat

Notre Dame Assault
Police tape secures the scene at a McDonald’s in the 1000 block of Notre Dame Avenue on May 18, 2014 after a man was seriously assaulted and later died. (SHAWN McLEOD PHOTO)

WINNIPEG — Charges won’t be laid against a man who intervened to protect a woman in a domestic dispute and later had a hand in the death of the man she was arguing with.

The victim and a woman were fighting in the parking lot of a McDonald’s on Notre Dame Avenue May 18, 2014 when a bystander intervened. The 33-year-old man struck the other man involved to protect the woman, causing him to fall to the ground and hit his head.

Marlon Dean Laronde (Hart), 33, of Winnipeg died in hospital on May 23. Police later arrested the 45-year-old man involved and released him.

After a consultation with the Crown, charges against the bystander will not be laid.

— Staff