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Man robbed brother at gas bar, police believe

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Police blocked off the Domo gas station at 317 Wardlaw Ave., after a shooting. Sarah Taylor / Winnipeg Free Press

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Police blocked off the Domo gas station at 317 Wardlaw Ave., after a shooting. Sarah Taylor / Winnipeg Free Press

A young Winnipeg man shot by Winnipeg police at a Domo gas bar was in the process of robbing his own younger brother for the second time since April, police allege.

Andrew Lebrun, 21, faces a lengthy list of charges in connection with two separate Domo robberies involving his family member, including robbery with a weapon, wearing a disguise and possession of a large knife for the purpose of committing crimes, court records show.

The suspect was shot in the arm by police last Thursday.

Officers were called to the Domo at Wardlaw Avenue and Donald Street to investigate a citizen's call about a suspicious person seen lurking near a building just west of the gas station.

Two officers rolled up on the scene as a robbery was in progress and the masked suspect they encountered failed to comply with demands to drop the knife he was holding, police said.

The 18-year-old clerk — Lebrun's younger brother — wasn't hurt in the event, which unfolded rapidly.

The suspect was sent to hospital and underwent surgery for a gunshot wound. He remains in custody.

Court records indicate Lebrun is also accused of assaulting the officers with the knife, however, police never reported they suffered any injuries.

Det. Sgt. Natalie Aitken confirmed at a morning news conference the officers were uninjured.

An undisclosed amount of cash and cigarettes were taken in the robbery, said police.

Police also suspect Lebrun did the exact same thing at the Domo on Academy Road on April 1, without being caught.

Aitken alleged in addition to the robbery, Lebrun assaulted the clerk.

Police refused to confirm the familial relationship between the two, but Aitken conceded the investigation involved "a unique set of circumstances."

Police also suspect Lebrun held up a 7-11 store on Marion Street on June 14, also while masked and with a knife.

He is presumed innocent and the allegations against him have not been proven.

Surveillance video from the Domo plays a major role in the most recent investigation.

Lebrun was on probation at the time.

Police rejected the notion the Domo holdups may have been a so-called "inside job."

No further charges — including conspiracy allegations — are forthcoming, said police.

Domo Chairman Douglas Everett told the Free Press on Friday the clerk on duty during the June 19 robbery remained calm and followed all safety procedures.

Lebrun pleaded guilty and was handed jail time about a year ago for stabbing a man who was attacking his brother inside a North End "party house" in June 2012.

While serving his sentence in connection to that offence, he came forward to plead guilty to possession of methamphetamine.

He and his brother were abandoned by their mother and left homeless for a time when they were in their teens, court heard.

The investigation into the police-involved shooting is ongoing by the homicide unit, said Aitken. The findings will be subject to an external review, she said.

James.turner@freepress.mb.ca

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Updated on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 1:17 PM CDT: Updates with full writethru

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