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Two injured, one seriously in District Jail assault

Paul Vukmanich, convicted in 2014 of killing a police dog in Edmonton, and Cody Maurice Hill, of London, Ont. face aggravated assault and assault with weapon charges after jailhouse stabbing incident.

THUNDER BAY – Two men have been arrested after a vicious stabbing assault at the Thunder Bay District Jail.

The incident left one inmate with serious, but non life-threatening injuries. A second inmate was treated for their injuries at the jail.

London, Ont.’s Cody Maurice Hill, 26, has been charged with aggravated assault, assault with a weapon and four counts of breach of probation.

Thunder Bay’s Paul Joseph Vukmanich, 33, faces charges of aggravated assault and assault with a weapon.

Police say they were called to the jail at just after 3 p.m. on Tuesday.

All four involved were inmates at the time of the incident.

Police say the investigation is ongoing, noting that both appeared in court via video on Wednesday and were remanded into custody to face future court dates.

Vukamanich in 2018 was charged with assault after an incident involving a weapon at a Catharine Street residence. Four years earlier he pleaded guilty to a number of charges surrounding the fatal stabbing of an Edmonton police dog and was sentenced to 26 months in prison. 

Police have not identified the victims.

See the full release below: 



Police have arrested two suspects in connection with a Tuesday assault at the district jail.

Thunder Bay Police Service officers were originally dispatched to the Thunder Bay District Jail at 285 MacDougall Street just after 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15 following reports of a serious assault that had just occurred.

An investigation revealed the two victims and two suspects involved in the assault were all inmates of the jail at the time of the incident.

Police continue to investigating the circumstances surrounding the assault.

A male was transported to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre for treatment of serious injuries. The injuries appear to be consistent with a stabbing, but not believed to be life threatening at this time.

A second male victim had their injuries treated at the district jail.

As a result of the investigation two suspects were identified, arrested and charged.

Cody Maurice HILL, 26, of London, Ont., is charged with:
• Aggravated Assault
• Assault With Weapon
• Breach of Probation x 4

Paul Joseph VUKMANICH, 33, of Thunder Bay, is charged with:
• Aggravated Assault
• Assault With a Weapon

Both appeared in bail court via video on Wednesday, April 15 and were remanded into custody with future appearance dates.

The investigation into the incident remains ongoing.



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