Male charged following Welland homicide

At approximately 11:40pm on Saturday April 30, 2022, 3 District (Welland/Pelham) uniform officers were called to a home in the area of Division Street and Alexander Street in the City of Welland following the report of a disturbance.

Upon arrival police located three individuals; two with significant injuries. One male was pronounced deceased at the scene while the second victim was transported a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. A suspect was located at the scene and placed under arrest by uniform officers.

33-year-old Joel Dreaver has been arrested and charged with the following offences:

Second Degree Murder; Aggravated Assault; and Assault Police (2 Counts).  

Dreaver is currently being held in custody pending a bail hearing on Sunday May 1, 2022 at the John Sopinka Courthouse in the City of Hamilton.

As the investigation continues, there remains a heavy police presence in the area.  At this time, detectives have no reason to believe there remains an on-going threat to the public.

Anyone with further information is asked to contact detectives with the Niagara Regional Police Service Homicide Unit at  (905) 688-4111 , dial option 3, ext 1009470.

Members of the public who wish to provide information anonymously can contact CrimeStoppers of Niagara at 1 (800) 222-TIPS (8477).