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A man who was shot by police faces robbery charges.

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He was his brother's keeper -- but not in the biblical sense.

That's what some may take away from revelations a Winnipeg man police shot during a suspected Domo gas station holdup was also allegedly victimizing his younger brother, the clerk on duty.

Police announced an arrest in the unusual case Thursday.

Andrew Christopher Lebrun, 21, faces numerous serious charges in connection with two separate recent Domo robberies involving his brother, court records show.

Lebrun was shot in the arm by police on the night of June 19.

Officers were summoned to the Domo at Wardlaw Avenue and Donald Street to check a report about a person seen lurking near the Design Manitoba building.

Two officers rolled up to the scene as a robbery was in progress, said police.

The masked suspect they encountered failed to comply with demands to drop a large knife he was holding, police said.

The 18-year-old clerk, identified in court records as Lebrun's kin, wasn't hurt.

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

Court records indicate Lebrun is also accused of assaulting the officers with a knife.

Det. Sgt. Natalie Aitken confirmed the officers were uninjured.

An undisclosed amount of cash and cigarettes were taken from the Domo, said police.

Surveillance video from the gas bar played a major role in the most recent investigation.

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

Aitken alleged in addition to the robbery, Lebrun assaulted the clerk -- who was again his brother.

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

No further charges -- including any potential conspiracy allegations -- are forthcoming, said police.

Domo chairman Douglas Everett told the Free Press the clerk on duty during the most recent robbery remained calm and followed all safety procedures.

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

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

He pleaded guilty and was handed jail time about a year ago for stabbing a man who was attacking his brother inside a North End home 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 Lebrun's shooting is ongoing, said Aitken. The findings will be subject to an external review, she said.


-- with files from Mike McIntyre

james.turner@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 27, 2014 B1

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