‘NEVER SEEN ANY­THING LIKE THIS’

Boy, 16, fac­ing seven counts of at­tempted mur­der

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The teenager po­lice say fired a bar­rage of shots at them dur­ing a stand­off Wed­nes­day is fac­ing seven at­tempted mur­der charges. “We’ve got a 16-year-old youth in cus­tody for just a mas­sive amount of some of the most se­ri­ous charges I’ve seen,” says Const. Rob Carver /

A16-YEAR-OLD male is fac­ing seven at­tempted mur­der charges and more than 20 other charges for al­legedly fir­ing a bar­rage of shots at po­lice dur­ing a stand­off on Wed­nes­day.

Win­nipeg Po­lice Ser­vice Const. Rob Carver said at a news con­fer­ence on Fri­day all seven counts of at­tempted mur­der are re­lated to shots fired at po­lice of­fi­cers, and the other charges are re­lated to firearms and weapons.

The sus­pect had been wanted by po­lice for al­legedly vi­o­lat­ing a su­per­vi­sion or­der.

Mul­ti­ple shots were re­ported fired at of­fi­cers from in­side a house dur­ing a five-hour stand­off on the 300 block of Ban­ner­man Av­enue near Sal­ter Street. The stand­off ended around 6:20 p.m., af­ter po­lice shot can­is­ters of tear gas into the house and ar­rested a sus­pect. No one was in­jured.

On Fri­day, po­lice ve­hi­cles and tape con­tin­ued to block off the area around the house and in­ves­ti­ga­tors re­mained at the scene.

“We’ve got a 16-year-old youth in cus­tody for just a mas­sive amount of some of the most se­ri­ous charges I’ve seen,” said Carver, a 25-year po­lice vet­eran.

Carver said the al­leged shooter had more than one firearm, “and all were long guns.”

“I’ve re­ally never seen any­thing like this in my ca­reer. I’ve talked to a num­ber of of­fi­cers who were there... There’s a lot of trauma in­volved here. Of­fi­cers are go­ing to strug­gle with this for a while, as will any of the (area) res­i­dents,” he said.

“This is a very dif­fi­cult event to process, both for our of­fi­cers who were out there be­ing shot at, as well as for peo­ple be­ing told they have to stay in their houses and in the base­ment.”

Carver said the sus­pect is also be­lieved to be in­volved in two other shoot­ing in­ci­dents on the same day.

Around 6 a.m., some­one out­side a home on the 600 block of Mag­nus Av­enue used a ri­fle to fire nu­mer­ous shots into the res­i­dence. Sev­eral peo­ple were in­side, but no one was hurt.

Shots were later fired at a home on the 300 block of Aikins Street by a per­son out­side the res­i­dence who had a ri­fle. There were sev­eral peo­ple in­side, but no one was in­jured.

A po­lice ca­nine unit tracked a sus­pect to the home on Ban­ner­man Av­enue. Five peo­ple were taken into cus­tody and later re­leased.

Gen­eral pa­trol of­fi­cers and cadets were then sta­tioned at the front and rear of the Ban­ner­man home, po­lice said Fri­day. The sus­pect re­turned around 12:30 p.m., but man­aged to gain en­trance to the house.

Mul­ti­ple shots were fired from in­side the house shortly be­fore 1 p.m., the WPS said. No one was hurt, but the WPS ar­moured re­sponse ve­hi­cle and a pa­trol car were struck nu­mer­ous times.

“We did what we needed to do, and we did it in a way that ev­ery­one was able to walk away safely. Is there go­ing to be last­ing ef­fects? Ab­so­lutely,” Carver said.

He said the sus­pect had his face cov­ered when he ac­cessed the Ban­ner­man prop­erty and po­lice didn’t know his iden­tity or age prior to his ar­rest.

“In a sit­u­a­tion like this, you’ve got some­body shoot­ing at you from in a res­i­dence, and you just know that your life and lives of your col­leagues be­side you are at risk,” he said.

“Af­ter the fact, that’s (the boy’s age) some­thing that prob­a­bly im­pacts every­body, weighs on ev­ery­one’s mind.”

WPS Chief Danny Smyth said Thurs­day nine of­fi­cers from var­i­ous units are on ad­min­is­tra­tive leave and will be as­sessed by a psy­chol­o­gist be­fore re­turn­ing to duty.

The stand­off was the third armedand-bar­ri­caded in­ci­dent in the city in six days, which Smyth said was an “un­prece­dented” num­ber in such a short span.

Carver said around 100 po­lice of­fi­cers were in­volved in the fi­nal in­ci­dent, a higher num­ber than the other armedand-bar­ri­caded sit­u­a­tions, be­cause there was an ac­tive shooter.

Po­lice said a shoot­ing Tues­day night in the area of Ban­ner­man Av­enue and Sal­ter Street, where a 23-year-old man was shot in the up­per body by an un­known male and fe­male, ap­pears un­re­lated at this point.

PHIL HOSSACK / WIN­NIPEG FREE PRESS

Two po­lice of­fi­cers en­ter the front walk­way at 335 Ban­ner­man Ave. on Fri­day. The house was the site of a five-hour stand­off on Wed­nes­day. A 16-year-old has been charged.

PHIL HOSSACK / WIN­NIPEG FREE PRESS FILES

Shat­tered win­dows at a Ban­ner­man Av­enue home, where a gun­man held po­lice at bay.

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