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Roads closed around Pacific Avenue as Winnipeg police deal with standoff

Winnipeg police at the scene of a home on Pacific Avenue on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. Rudi Pawlychyn/Global News

Winnipeg police say they’ve taken a number of people into custody after a reported robbery turned into a standoff that closed a number of roads in the city’s North End Thursday.

Police said they were called to a home on Pacific Avenue near Ellen Street at about 4:40 a.m. for reports of a robbery and subsequently stayed in the area.

Winnipeg police spokesperson Const. Jay Murray told Global News the road closures were put in the area so police could “focus on a residence.”

READ MORE: One man in custody after armed standoff in St. James

A Global News reporter at the scene said several police vehicles were there and officers had surrounded a home. Police used a bullhorn to ask someone inside to come out.

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A witness told Global News she was told someone was in the home and was armed and  Murray confirmed police believe a weapon was involved, but wouldn’t say what type.

At 9:30 a.m., a woman who was inside the house could be seen talking to police. It was not immediately known if police removed her from the home or if she left.

In a release sent to media around 3:40 p.m. police said the situation had “safely concluded” and the Major Crimes Unit continues to investigate.

Police said more information is expected to be released Friday.

 

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Winnipeg Police at the scene of a standoff on Pacific Avenue on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. Rudi Pawlychyn/Global News

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