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Several Winnipeg police vehicles were parked in front of a building on Furby Street on Thursday.

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Winnipeg police announced Friday that they shot and killed a man during a police situation of hostages in the West Broadway neighborhood on Thursday evening.

At approximately 1:45 p.m. Thursday, the Police Department of Winnipeg was called to respond to a serious incident at an apartment building on Furby Street.

When police arrived, an adult man with a bladed weapon was holding a woman hostage in a third-floor apartment and had barricaded the door, Winnipeg Police Service Chief Danny Smyth said. at a press conference on Friday.

The police then noticed that three other hostages – a woman, a man and a child – were also held prisoner in the accommodation.

The police chief specifies that an intervention commander , a negotiator and a tactical support team were on site.

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The intervention lasted several hours, reports Danny Smyth .

Shortly after 2 p.m., the second woman and child were either able to escape or were released and taken into custody by the tactical team. They suffered no injuries.

A few minutes later, the man held hostage fled through the balcony and went down to the 2nd floor, where he was rescued.

The negotiation team then continued to demand the release of the first woman, still a prisoner in the apartment.

There were serious concerns about the woman's safety which necessitated the development of a rescue plan, says Danny Smyth.

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Yellow tape cordoned off a section of Furby Street in Winnipeg's West Broadway neighborhood on Thursday.

Shortly after 5 p.m., the tactical team infiltrated the apartment and shot the hostage taker, who died on site. The woman was not injured.

Police say the man, aged 52 , had a long criminal record for possession of weapons and was prohibited from possessing them at the time of the incident.

At the time of the response, police were investigating after a British Columbia man was found dead in a 5th floor apartment in the same building on Wednesday.

Farah Ali Mohamud, a 34-year-old truck driver and father, was on his way to Winnipeg to make a delivery when his family stopped 'to hear from him.

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Farah Ali Mohamud, left, is pictured with his son and wife. Family members say the trucker stopped communicating with them shortly after arriving in Winnipeg. (File photo)

The hostage taker is considered a “person of interest” in this file, notes Danny Smyth.

According to him, the 52-year-old man regularly frequented the building of Furby Street. Police believe he may have known some of its residents.

The two women and the child taken hostage on Thursday live in the building, Mr. Smyth confirms, although their relationship with the suspect is currently unknown.

The head of the police department indicates that the Independent Investigation Unit (IIU) has been informed of the situation and that an investigation has been opened.

Witnesses or people with information or video footage are asked to contact the IIU at 1 844 667-6060.

Police are investigating the death of Farah Ali Mohamud and anyone with information about it Subject is asked to contact the Homicide Unit at 204 986-6508.

Anonymous information may be communicated to Crime Stoppers at 204 786-TIPS (8477) or on the Crime Stoppers website (in English). (New window)

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Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116