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Several Winnipeg police vehicles were parked in front of a building on Furby Street on Thursday.

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Winnipeg police announced Friday they shot and killed a man during a hostage situation in the West Broadway neighborhood , Thursday evening.

At approximately 1:45 p.m. Thursday, the Winnipeg Police Service was called to a serious incident at an apartment building on Furby Street.

When the police arrived, an adult man with a bladed weapon was holding a woman hostage in a third-floor apartment and had barricaded the door, said the head of the Police Department of Winnipeg, Danny Smyth at press conference, Friday.

The police then noticed that three other hostages, another woman, a man and a child, were also being held prisoner in the apartment.

The police chief specifies that an intervention commander, a negotiator and a tactical support team were on site.

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The intervention lasted several hours, reports Danny Smyth.

Shortly after 2 p.m., the second woman and the child were able to escape or were released and supported by the tactical team. They suffered no injuries.

A few minutes later, the man held hostage fled through the balcony and down to the 2nd floor, where he was rescued.

The negotiating team then continued to demand the release of the first woman, still trapped in the apartment.

There were serious concerns about the woman's safety which necessitated the development of a rescue plan, reports Danny Smyth.

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Yellow tape cordoned off a section of Furby Street in Winnipeg's West Broadway neighborhood on Thursday.

Shortly after 5 p.m., the tactical team infiltrated the apartment and shot the hostage-taker who died at the scene. The woman was not injured.

According to police, the 52-year-old man had a lengthy criminal record for weapons possession and was prohibited from possessing them at the time of the incident.

At the time of the response, police were investigating the homicide of a British Columbia man found dead in a 5th floor apartment in the same building on Wednesday.

Farah Ali Mohamud, a 34-year-old trucker and father, was on his way to Winnipeg to make a delivery when his family stopped 'to hear from him.

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Farah Ali Mohamud, left, is pictured with his son and wife. The family says the trucker stopped communicating with them shortly after arriving in Winnipeg. (File photo)

The hostage taker is considered “a person of interest” in this case, notes Danny Smyth.

According to him, the 52-year-old man regularly frequented the building on Furby Street. Police believe it is possible that he knew some of its residents.

The two women and the child taken hostage on Thursday live in the building, confirms Mr. Smyth, although their relationship with the suspect is currently unknown.

The head of the Police Department indicates that the Independent Investigation Unit (IIU) has been informed and an investigation has been opened.< /p>

Witnesses or individuals with information or video footage are asked to contact the IIU at 1-844-667-6060.

Police are investigating the death of Farah Ali Mohamud and anyone with information is asked to call the homicide unit at 204 986-6508.

Anonymous tips can be reported to Crime Stoppers at 204 786-TIPS (8477) or on the Crime Stoppers website. (New window)

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