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Five Hour Standoff Ends Peacefully

Friday, January 6, 2023 - Winnipeg police were on scene for over five hours Thursday deescalating an armed standoff on Kennedy Street.

Shortly after midnight Thursday., Security personnel contacted police because of a man was acting erratically and threatening people in a common hallway with a knife.

Members of the Tactical Support Team arrived first and were confronted by the man, still armed with a knife. A less-lethal impact round was deployed; however, it had little effect, and the suspect retreated into a suite – barricading himself behind a locked door.

Ongoing attempts at communicating with him, including deployment of the Crisis Negotiation Unit, were ineffective.

The affected floor was evacuated, and at approximately 5:30 a.m., the Tactical Support Team deployed CS gas into the suite after breaching the door. To minimize spread, the building’s HVAC system was shut down beforehand, and exhaust fans were pre-acquired to assist with ventilation.

The male exited the suite but continued to act erratically. As a result, a conducted energy weapon (“Taser”) was used to take him into custody. No injuries were reported, and he has since been conveyed to a hospital for an assessment under the Mental Health Act.


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