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WINNIPEG - A 20-year-old man and a teenager are facing charges after an argument between them escalated into a gunfight and an hours-long standoff in the West End earlier this month, Winnipeg police said today.
The incident began in the early-morning hours of Aug. 7 when police were called to the area near Ellice Avenue and Sherbrook Street to investigate a stabbing. They were searching for the suspect or witnesses when they heard a gunshot, police said.
An armed man came out of the apartment building on the southwest corner of the intersection, police said, and the officers drew their weapons to convince the man to drop his own. The officers then realized the man had a gunshot wound. The man, aged 20, was sent to hospital in stable condition.
Police stayed on the scene until mid-afternoon, believing a possibly armed suspect was still in the building. Several streets were closed to traffic, and the dozen suites in the building were evacuated. A 16-year-old boy was taken into custody.
The man and the teen knew one another, police said today. During an argument, each picked up a gun, and one shot the other.
The 20-year-old suspect, Jeremy Kyle St. Germain, fled the hospital after he was treated, police said today. Police found him in in La Broquerie, Man., on Thursday and arrested him.
Germain has been charged with possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, possession of a weapon obtained by crime, possession of a firearm while prohibited, possession of a restricted firearm, failure to comply with conditions, and breach of probation. He has been detained in custody.
The 16-year-old suspect, who has been detained in custody, is facing charges of aggravated assault, possession of a weapon obtained by crime, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, reckless discharge of a firearm, and other charges related to failure to comply with a sentence and conditions or recognizance and undertaking. He cannot be named under the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.