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Charges expected after standoff on Eaglemere

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Several weapons-related charges will be brought against the 48-year-old man who was involved in a standoff with police for several hours late Sunday night in East Kildonan.

Winnipeg police said the incident was triggered by a domestic dispute between a woman living in the home and her ex, who showed up there armed with a rifle.

Const. Jason Michalyshen said the woman and the couple’s two sons, aged 17 and 12, left the home after police arrived just before 7 p.m.

Michalyshen said the man never threatened the woman or their children, adding however, police at the scene were concerned that he would hurt himself.

Crisis negotiators, the tactical unit and a canine unit were brought to the scene. A stretch of Lagimodiere, east of the Eaglemere development, was closed.

"There was certainly some tense moments and potentially a volatile situation for a period of time," Michalyshen said. "It’s a concern when you’re dealing with a male who is obviously very emotional, he’s armed, we’re in a residential community. Bringing this to a safe conclusion, securing that area was our highest priority throughout the event."

The incident ended just after midnight when the man agreed to surrender to police. He remains in custody.

No one was hurt and the rifle was never discharged.

"When we’re dealing with a domestic situation... officers are trained to take extreme caution," Michalyshen said. "Often times there’s a lot of emotion and certainly this appeared to be the case," on Eaglemere.

Neighbour Gulbaj Dhillon said he has lived for three years beside the house where the man was holed up. Dhillon’s house was blocked off by police and he couldn’t enter it.

Dhillon said he tried to befriend the suspect but he said the man was very reclusive.

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Updated on Monday, April 23, 2012 at 12:53 PM CDT: Charges have not been laid yet.

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