Crime and Police

Winnipeg police charge four people after taxi driver robbed at gunpoint

Winnipeg police surrounded a house on Pacific Avenue near Ellen Street after an armed robbery Thursday morning. Photo: Northern Plains Freelancer.

Four people are facing charges after an armed robbery and a nine hour standoff with police.

On Thursday, at approximately 4:40 a.m., Winnipeg police responded to the area of Pacific Avenue and Ellen Street for a report a taxicab driver had been robbed at gunpoint. A shot was also fired at the taxi. No one was injured.

Police surrounded a house on Pacific Avenue near Ellen Street after a taxicab driver was robbed at gunpoint and the taxi shot at. Photo: Northern Plains Freelancer.

With the assistance of the K9 Unit, responding officers located a number of suspects inside a residence in the 300 block of Pacific Avenue.

Some individuals were taken into custody, however the remaining occupants in the house engaged in a daylong standoff with police.

An ambulance was on standby after police surrounded a house on Pacific Avenue near Ellen Street. Photo: Northern Plains Freelancer.

Several police vehicles were on scene, as well as the armoured response vehicle and an ambulance on standby.

Members of the Tactical Support Team and the Crisis Negotiation Unit were used to bring the incident to a safe resolution.

The Winnipeg police armoured vehicle sits outside a house in the 300 block of Pacific Avenue, after several suspects barricaded themselves inside, early Thursday. Photo: Northern Plains Freelancer.

Around 2:30 p.m., five suspects surrendered to police.

A total of 11 people were taken into custody throughout the incident.

The Major Crimes Unit executed a search warrant at the residence and recovered a .380 Auto handgun along with ammunition and a pellet gun.

Police say the handgun was stolen during a break & enter in Selkirk, Manitoba, in 1998.

Samuel Tache McKay, 31-years-old, is facing 13 charges, including armed robbery using a restricted firearm, discharging a restricted firearm with intent, possession of a weapon and carrying a concealed weapon.

Prairie Sky Atkinson, 24 years-old, has been charged with possession of property obtained by crime and identity fraud. She was also processed on several outstanding warrants.

Both were detained in custody.

Another 24-year-old woman was charged with armed robbery using a firearm.

An 18-year-old woman was charged with armed robbery using a firearm and possession of a weapon.

They were released on a promise to appear in court.

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