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Police Shoot at Stolen Vehicle Before Cruiser Car Taken on Joyride

July 16, 2019 12:53 PM | News

Winnipeg Police Logo CrestWinnipeg police fired at a stolen vehicle that drove directly at officers on Monday night after it came to a dead-end lot.

Police spotted the car in the area of Munroe Avenue and Watt Street just before 9 p.m. when it drove towards them and rammed their police cruiser.

The suspect was able to flee in the vehicle and ended up crashing into a building near Watt Street and Larsen Avenue a short distance away. Police had to use a Taser to take him into custody.

A second suspect, which officers hadn’t previously seen, was able to get back to the police cruiser and drove away in it. The vehicle made its way through the Elmwood neighbourhood until it was abandoned in the area of Harbison Avenue and Glenwood Crescent. The second male suspect fled on foot and remains at large.

It wasn’t the first police vehicle to be stolen in a 24-hour period in Winnipeg. Early Tuesday morning, police were alerted to a stolen Manitoba First Nations Policing vehicle that was travelling in the area of Roblin Boulevard and the West Perimeter Highway.

The vehicle travelled throughout the city until about 8 a.m. when a spike strip was used near Dawson Road and Lagimodiere Boulevard. One man was taken into police custody by officers.