18-year-old shot man in West End, then bear sprayed residents of southwest home: WPS

By News Staff

An 18-year-old Winnipeg man is facing aggravated assault and weapons-related charges in connection with a shooting in West End, and a breaking and entering on the city’s outskirts early Thursday morning.

Police say they first received a report of a shooting around 3:30 a.m. on Sherbrooke Street near Ellice Avenue.

Officers arrived to find a man in his 50s injured outside a home. He was taken to hospital in critical condition, and later upgraded to stable.

Investigators believe a group “forced their way into a suite when the victim was sprayed with bear spray and shot.”

About an hour later, police say they received a report of a man armed with a firearm on Westgrove Way. WPS says bear spray was discharged inside a house.

“It is believed that a group had forced their way into the residence when a female victim (in her 30s) had a firearm pointed at her, and a demand was made for her property,” WPS said in a release.

Police believe several people, including small children, were affected by the bear spray. They did not need medical attention.

Winnipeg police say they took a suspect into custody around 6:40 a.m. near Westgrove Way.

The accused is facing multiple charges, including aggravated assault, assault with a weapon, possession of a weapon, and break and enter with intent. He was detained.

Both incidents remain under investigation.

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