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UPDATE: Shots fired in Kemnay

RCMP officers point their weapons towards a Kemney, Man., home following reports of shots fired on Friday evening. A brief standoff ended shortly after 8 p.m., when the suspect surrendered to police.

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RCMP officers point their weapons towards a Kemney, Man., home following reports of shots fired on Friday evening. A brief standoff ended shortly after 8 p.m., when the suspect surrendered to police.

KEMNAY — An RCMP officer was reportedly taken to hospital on Friday evening to have pellets from a shotgun blast removed after a man fired on police at a Kemnay home, sparking a brief standoff.

Mitchell Poole, who lives nearby, said two police officers had approached the home. One officer then retrieved a rifle, presumably from his cruiser, and was loading it when shots rang out.

"As he loaded it, you could hear boom — like two rifle shots or shotgun shots come from the house," Poole said.

The standoff appeared to begin around 6:45 p.m. to 7 p.m.

A source told the Brandon Sun that it appears police were initially responding to what began as a domestic situation that went awry.

An officer was shot at, and based on the accounts of various sources it appears that the officer was taken to hospital to have pellets removed, presumably from a shotgun blast. The injuries are believed to be non-life-threatening.

That account of an officer being injured hasn’t been confirmed by RCMP. Local RCMP referred questions to media spokespeople at Winnipeg headquarters, but calls and messages placed Friday evening requesting further information didn't get a response.

On Saturday morning, RCMP at HQ issued a press release confirming that an officer had been shot and sustained non-life threatening injuries, and that an individual was in custody.

Poole, who lives near the home where the shots were fired, said that he and his daughters — Bailey, four, and Emiley, two — had hopped on a golf cart to visit a nearby horse.

Poole said he saw two RCMP officers approach the home. A male officer went to the door while a female officer hung back by the garage.

The male officer then walked away from the house, went out of sight, and returned to walk toward the home with a rifle that he was loading by the garage when shots appeared to come from the house.

"As he was loading it, two gunshots went off — boom, boom — and I was watching him and he just ducked and he ran," Poole said.

The shaken officer then returned and took cover behind a house across the street, and ordered its occupants to remain inside and go to the basement.

A number of RCMP officers responded.

"They all had assault rifles, everything out there ready to go,"  said Poole, who took his girls back to his home, locked the doors and continued to watch events unfold through a window.

RCMP blocked off Highway 1A through Kemnay and took cover behind cruisers. Two Brandon Police Service officers, at least one of them armed with a semi-automatic rifle, also responded.

Anxious Sandra Stadnyk was trying to get to her brother’s Kemnay home to join a birthday party for her 68-year-old mother. Stadnyk’s two boys 19 and 10 years old, were already at the party.

"I’m stressed, my kids are over there," Stadnyk said as she stood beside the highway watching police for a sign the ordeal was over.

Poole’s wife, Melissa, who had stepped out to the grocery store, was among those waiting by the side of the highway to get home to her husband and daughters.

The standoff ended shortly after 8 p.m. Poole said he saw a man walk out of the home with his hands up. When the man wouldn’t comply with orders to get on his knees, police — their guns trained on the suspect — forced him to do so and took him away in handcuffs.

The house in question is a two-storey home set back from the road behind a treed front yard.

Residents said a man and woman, longtime boyfriend and girlfriend, lived there and police had been called there in the past.

As of press time, it wasn’t known if the woman was in the home at the time shots were fired, nor what her whereabouts or condition was. It also wasn't known whether anyone else had been in the house.

Police, however, said there had been no fatalities.

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