Violent Thursday pushes police to limit
Winnipeg police were pushed to the brink of their capacity Thursday night.
Officers were unable to respond to more than 100 calls due to a homicide and two high speed vehicle chases.
One of those pursuits involved a suspect now facing charges for three robberies.
Police say they were able to resolve the three incidents without any injuries to officers or civilians.
Here’s a brief overview of what the Winnipeg Police Service faced.
Polo Park pursuit
The first chase started near the SilverCity Polo Park movie theatre around 6:15pm.
The suspect had been confronted by mall security guards before he flashed a gun.
He ended up carjacking a woman in a nearby parking lot.
Read that story here: Man facing 16 charges for Polo Park pursuit
Man and dog murdered
A short time later, police found a man and his dog suffering from a gunshot wound.
It happened around 6:30pm in the 600-block of Wellington Avenue.
Witnesses say a military-assault rifle with a high-capacity magazine was involved.
Two suspects are now facing first degree murder and animal cruelty charges.
Read that story here: Man and dog shot to death, 2 in custody
Robbery and chase
Another high speed chase took place after a commercial robbery.
Winnipeg police responded to the call around 7:20pm Thursday night in the 100-block of St. Anne’s Road.
The suspect’s excessive speed and reckless driving helped him evade police until 8:40pm.
Read that story here: Police chase, arrest multiple robbery suspect
—Andrew McCrea, MyToba.ca
File photo by Andrew McCrea