WINNIPEG – Winnipeg police made good use of their armoured vehicle in the North End as part of a firearms investigation Wednesday morning.
Officers on scene said the original call came in just after midnight on Cathedral Avenue between Arlington and McKenzie Streets.
Officers made the decision to deploy their armoured rescue vehicle (ARV1) at around 10:30 a.m.
The vehicle was driven onto the front lawn of a house and officers used the sirens along with the loud speaker to get the attention of those inside.
As tactical officers had their guns drawn, the suspects – two men and a woman – came out with their hands up.
They were quickly cuffed and led away by officers to police cruisers.
It’s not known what charges they are facing.
Residents in the neighbourhood say area is usually quiet, but have had problems with the people who live in the house.
When the $343,000 armoured rescue vehicle was first unveiled in June, police said it was much needed tool for officer and public safety.
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 100km/hour. Although police say they don’t expect to take such a heavy vehicle past that speed.
The tactical vehicle is also used in other Canadian cities such as Toronto, Calgary and Hamilton.