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Updated: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:40:30 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Winnipeg armed standoff 'resolved,' police give no further details



Winnipeg police officers stand at Stella Avenue and Powers Street as other officers deal with an armed standoff in the 500 block of Stella early Thursday morning. The incident, which began shortly before 11 a.m. CT Wednesday, was over by 3:40 a.m. Thursday. CBC

Winnipeg police officers stand at Stella Avenue and Powers Street as other officers deal with an armed standoff in the 500 block of Stella early Thursday morning. The incident, which began shortly before 11 a.m. CT Wednesday, was over by 3:40 a.m. Thursday. CBC

An armed standoff in Winnipeg that lasted nearly 17 hours has ended, after a man fired gunshots at officers while barricading himself inside a house, police say.

Det.-Sgt. Natalie Aitken did not give further details to reporters at the scene at 3:40 a.m. CT Thursday. She said more information will be released later in the morning.

"We do have members that will be on scene here. We will be holding the scene for likely a number of hours, if not days, to process that. It's a normal process with our Identification Unit officers," she said.

"I can tell you that the threat has been resolved."

The standoff began in the 500 block of Stella Avenue at around 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, 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," Aitken said late Wednesday night.

Aitken said police maintained contact with the man throughout the day Wednesday, but at 8:20 p.m., the contact soured and the man fired at officers.

"We did receive shots from that residence directed at our officers. Exchange fire was returned; our officers did fire," she said shortly before midnight. "At this time, I don't believe that anyone was injured."

A number of gunshots were heard as the standoff continued overnight, and officers were heard speaking to the man through a bullhorn.

However, it was much quieter by 3 a.m.

"I'm not going to confirm the status of this individual at this time, but I will definitely say that the investigation is ongoing and you'll likely see police here throughout the night, guarding that scene," Aitken said when the standoff ended.

Some residents who live nearby were told to stay inside their homes, while others left their homes and are not allowed to go back inside until investigators finish processing the scene.

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