Updated Tuesday, June 11th at 8:35 p.m. - Winkler Police Service has released details regarding Tuesday's incident on Gemstone Drive.

In a statement released to PembinaValleyOnline, Chief Ryan Hunt indicated around 3 p.m. officers responded to an address on the street out of concern for the safety of a lone male occupant with a firearm inside his home.

"Responding officers immediately ensured the safety of others in the vicinity, and asked neighboring residents to leave their homes until the matter was resolved," indicated the Chief. "The Regional Support Tactical Team (RSTT) arrived on scene, and set up a secure perimeter around the residence."

The Regional Crisis Negotiation Unit (RCNU) was able to maintain verbal contact with the male for nearly three hours, and successfully negotiated with him to exit the residence.  At about 7:30 p.m. the male followed instructions from police, and walked outside, where he was safely taken into custody by members of the RSTT.  

The male was not injured but was transported to Boundary Trails Health Centre (BTHC) by paramedics  to be seen by a physician.  

"This is the best possible outcome," noted Chief Hunt. " A call like this requires numerous police officers and personnel from other agencies. With assistance from Morden and Altona Police Services, the RSTT and RCNU, along with the Winkler Fire Department and paramedics from BTHC, we all worked together to accomplish the goal of a successful conclusion where everyone is safe."  

Hunt also thanked citizens in the area for their cooperation, noting it was much appreciated. 


Update: Around 8pm, Winkler Police Service announce on social media pages the incident had been safely resolved. 

More details will be shared if and when they are available.

As the community breathes a sigh of relief, WPS thanked everyone for their patience and cooperation.


Winkler Police Service social media pages issued the following statement shortly after 4 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

"Expect a large police presence in the Gemstone Drive area. Please avoid the area until further notice. More information will be provided when available."

PembinaValleyOnline reporters on scene noted the police presence in the area, and took the pictures included in this story while on site.

No additional information is available at this time.

We have reached out to Winkler Police Service for additional details.


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