WINNIPEG – Winnipeg Police took down an armed suspect on Wednesday with the help of their new armoured vehicle.
Officers were called to the scene near Notre Dame Avenue and Furby Street at around 9:00 p.m. for reports of a man armed with a gun.
Three people told police they were sitting in a car behind an apartment block when a man approached them and made some threatening comments. They fled the area and called police.
Officers tracked the suspect to a nearby house and members of the Tactical Unit were called in along with the Canine Team.
Police say the man barricaded himself inside and was not speaking with officers on scene.
“Ultimately a decision was made to utilize ARV1 and essentially the battering ram, so this ram drove to the rear of residence and the rear door was penetrated at that point,” said Const. Jason Michalyshen with Winnipeg Police.
“Once ARV1 was deployed things played out very, very quickly and certainly as planned.”
Police found an Uzi-style replica BB gun and arrested a 52-year-old man.
The man was charged with uttering threats and pointing a firearm, but was released with a promise to appear in court.
Michalyshen explained while it ended up being a BB gun, police took no chances in this incident.
“Visually this looks like a pretty intimidating weapon and our members are faced with all kinds of challenges on a daily basis,” Michalyshen said.
“If members of the public or our own members are confronted with a weapon like this, I can assure you, nothing good will come of it.”
The Gurkha MPV tactical vehicle is bullet-proof, blast-proof and weighs around four times as much as a normal car (15,000 lbs). It can travel more than 100 km/h.
“It’s a resource that we’re very proud to have,” says Michalyshen.
“It’s important that we talk about it when we can with respect to when it’s utilized, why it’s utilized and how it’s helpful.”
The tactical vehicle is also used in other Canadian cities such as Toronto, Calgary and Hamilton.
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