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Officer killed in Perimeter Highway collision “will never be forgotten”


December 16, 2019
By Staff

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Manitoba RCMP is mourning the on-duty death of one of its own – Const. Allan Poapst.

On Dec. 13, just after 4 p.m., the service reports that it appears Poapst was travelling westbound on the Perimeter Highway just east of Hwy 7, when a pickup truck, travelling eastbound on the Perimeter, crossed the median and collided with Poapst’s RCMP vehicle. He was pronounced deceased on scene. The driver and passenger in the pickup truck were transported to hospital with injuries.

The investigation as to how and why the collision occurred is ongoing and the RCMP is being assisted by the Winnipeg Police Service.

Poapst, the proud father of three teenage girls, was five days away from serving 13 years with the RCMP, according to a statement from Assistant Commissioner Jane MacLatchy, Commanding Officer of the Manitoba RCMP.

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After graduating from Depot in 2006, all of his service with the RCMP was spent within Manitoba. His postings included Portage la Prairie, Powerview, and the Court Liaison Unit based out of Headingley.

He was known as a “massive” Blue Bombers fan and for his passion for the Winnipeg Jets. He volunteered with the True North’s Foundation – Jets Training Academy for youth and was an avid player and a key organizer in many police and fire hockey tournaments.

“The family is grieving and they have asked to be given some time and privacy during this extremely difficult time,” MacLatchy said. “Allan is gone but he will never be forgotten by the many officers who worked by his side and by the people of Manitoba who he so proudly served.”

Rest in peace.