Two Winnipeg firefighters were confronted Sunday by a man wielding an axe he had stolen from their firetruck.
Firefighters were attending a medical call in the 200 block of Aberdeen Avenue at around 11:55 p.m. when a man swiped the axe from the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service vehicle.
As two firefighters were walking back to their truck, the man confronted them. They attempted to flee and the suspect struck a WFPS laptop with the axe before dropping it on the ground.
Winnipeg police and the K9 unit spotted the suspect chasing another person in the area of Aikins Street and Burrows Avenue. They caught up to him near Charles Street and Magnus Avenue.
Dwayne Anthony Rawluk, 33, of Lake St. Martin, has been charged with two counts of assault with a weapon, and mischief under $5,000.
Police say methamphetamine use is believed to have played a role in the incident.