Winnipeg police are not yet saying how a man died after a standoff But he was facing eviction from the house on Stella avenue. Court documents show 52 year old Andrew Baryluk had been renting the North end home from another family member.
The Residential Tenancies Branch heard an application and issued a decision (declining to evict the tenant). But, That decision was subsequently appealed to the Residential Tenancies Commission, who issued an order.
Police were called to the home late Wednesday morning after reports a distraught man was armed and threatening to harm himself.
Crisis negotiators spoke to him through the afternoon and into the evening, but at 8:20 pm, police say the man shot at Tactical Team members and they returned fire.
Around 3 am, officers entered the home and found Baryluk’s body.
Detective Sergeant Natalie Aitken would not say whether he was shot by police or died by suicide.
“Autopsy results are obviously going to be a definitive factor for us,” she said.
Baryluk was alone in the home. He was not known to police.
Police evacuated some residents nearby as a precaution. But the neighbourhood was still on edge Thursday. Rose lives a block from the scene.
“I got kind of scared when I heard all those shots at one time. I thought ‘holy smokes, those are close’,” she said.
Some members of the Winnipeg police tactical team have been placed on administrative leave, which police say is protocol in a situation of this nature.
(Photo from Global Winnipeg.)