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Updated: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 03:00:38 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Shots fired by police, man in Stella Avenue standoff



Winnipeg police and cadets have cordoned off an area around Stella Avenue and Powers Street late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning. CBC

Winnipeg police and cadets have cordoned off an area around Stella Avenue and Powers Street late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning. CBC

An armed standoff in Winnipeg's North End continues as police try to talk to a man who had fired gunshots at officers on Wednesday night.

It began in the 500 block of Stella Avenue at around 10:45 a.m. CT, when police received reports of a potentially threatening man inside a home.

"The information that we did have in receiving that call was that this individual possibly was threatening to harm officers and potentially himself," Det.-Sgt. Natalie Aitken told reporters at the scene late Wednesday night.

Aitken said police maintained contact with the man all day, but at 8:20 p.m., the contact soured and the man fired in the general direction of officers.

"We did receive shots from that residence directed at our officers. Exchange fire was returned; our officers did fire," she said.

"At this time, I don't believe that anyone was injured."

A witness in the area told CBC News he heard six shots fired.

The standoff continues early Thursday morning. Aitken said at 12:45 a.m. that police are still working on making contact with the armed man.

Officers can be heard speaking through a bullhorn. Aitken said police are urging the man to indicate whether he is OK.

Some residents who live nearby have been told to stay inside their homes, while others have left and are not allowed to go back inside until it's safe to do so.

Transit buses were brought in to provide shelter to affected residents.

Some residents said it does not appear likely that they will be able to return to their homes anytime soon.

"Our main priority is really the safety of residents within the area, our officers and certainly this individual that we're trying to come to a successful resolution with," Aitken said.

Electricity was cut to dozens of homes in the area at around 9:45 p.m. Wednesday, plunging several blocks into darkness.

The power was restored to some homes near Stella Avenue and Powers Street by 10:30 p.m.

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