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Police use forensic testing to lay gun charges against Winnipeg man

Winnipeg police have charged a man with weapons-related offences three years after a 2016 incident.
Winnipeg police have charged a man with weapons-related offences three years after a 2016 incident. Elisha Dacey/Global News

Winnipeg police have charged a man with weapons-related offences after officers say they recovered a reportedly stolen revolver at a house party three years ago.

On March 20, 2016, police responded to a report of gunshots on Manitoba Avenue at around 1:35 a.m.

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Members of the canine unit and tactical support team responded to a house party in the 900 block of Manitoba Avenue, where 18 people at the home were removed and interviewed as police investigated the report of gunshots.

In a media release, police said no firearm was found inside the home, but a reportedly stolen .357 Magnum revolver was recovered from a recycling bin behind the home. The firearm was found to have four spent rounds in the cylinder, police said.

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The major crimes unit continued with the investigation, and police said forensic testing of the gun was completed by a number of units, which identified a suspect who had reportedly been at the house party.

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On Friday, police say they located the suspect at a residence in the 500 block of Langside Street and placed him under arrest.

Steven Allen Taylor, 26, has been charged with a number of weapons charges and was held in custody.