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Police respond after truck drives up front steps of Manitoba Legislature

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Numerous police officers are on scene of the Manitoba Legislature, after a truck drove up the steps around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Global's Joe Scarpelli has more from the scene. – Jul 7, 2021

Numerous police officers were called to the Manitoba Legislature Wednesday evening after a truck drove up the front steps.

The vehicle, a black Dodge pickup truck with a dirt bike in the back, ended up stopped close to the top of the front steps of the building, after witnesses tell Global News it drove up the limestone stairway around 6:30 p.m.

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The truck was removed from the steps just before 8 p.m.

Winnipeg police are expected to have more information at an 12:30 p.m. press conference Thursday. Global News will stream the event live in this story.

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A witness tells Global News they heard tires screeching and yelling from a man and a woman inside the truck.

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“Someone was yelling that they found more children, that Ontario was falling, and that there was bodies,” witness Shawna Peloquin told Global News. “Then we heard the truck driving really fast.”

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“Then we saw the police showing up immediately, immediately actually, and arresting the man and we saw him drive away in a police car and there was an ambulance, firefighter and there was another woman with him.”

Peloquin says she saw the woman get arrested as well.

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A provincial spokesperson says the vehicle was driving erratically before breaching the security barrier on Broadway Avenue and then driving into the Legislature grounds and up onto the front steps of the building.

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An officer on site reported the incident and multiple police units responded.

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The spokesperson says the driver was secured and taken to hospital. No bystanders were injured in the incident.

Global News has reached out to the Winnipeg Police Service for comment.

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