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

Andrew McCrea is a hard news junkie with a passion for crime reporting. He studied business, media production, and journalism at Red River College earning two diplomas. McCrea also loves cinema, creative writing, and programming websites and software.
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