Two men facing firearm charges after Winnipeg police Air1 helicopter helps make arrests

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The Winnipeg police Air1 helicopter assisted in arresting two men from Calgary for multiple firearm-related offences early Sunday.

According to a media release, on October 18, at approximately 2:45 a.m., Air1 was on a routine flight when the crew observed a Jeep travelling at a high rate of speed going north on Osborne Street from Broadway Avenue. The vehicle made its way to a residence in the West End, where it stopped. A man approached carrying what appeared to be a rifle. The man with the firearm then got into a Volvo sedan parked nearby, which sped off. Air1 requested ground units stop the vehicle.

Police patrol units stopped the Volvo in the 1200 block of Logan Avenue. At this point, a passenger exited the vehicle and fled on foot; however, the car drove off. Officers were able to arrest the fleeing man after a brief chase.

Air1 observed the car lose control on Worth Street at Logan Avenue, where the driver and the second passenger fled on foot. Air1 was able to direct ground units to the armed man, who was safely taken into custody. Officers seized a 5.56 mm assault-style rifle during the arrest.

Matiwos Eyasu Gherezghair, 26, of Calgary, was charged with resist peace officer, possess weapon, unauthorized possession of a firearm, unauthorized possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle and possession of a prohibited/restricted firearm with ammunition.

Efren Gezehey, 23, of Calgary, was charged with possess weapon, unauthorized possession of a firearm, unauthorized possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle and possession of a prohibited/restricted firearm with ammunition.

Both men were detained in custody.