Slain man considered suspect in murder of British Columbia trucker.< /p>
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.
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)
- Raphaëlle Laverdière (View profile)