Winnipeg police say gunfire was exchanged during a high-speed chase following a robbery early this morning.

It started when police were called to a gas station in the 1700 block of Kenaston Boulevard at about 3:40 a.m. Saturday after reports of a robbery.


On Saturday morning, police were called to Petro-Canada, located in the 1700 block of Winnipeg's Kenaston Boulevard. (CBC)

Police said a man who was concealing his identity walked into the gas station with a gun and confronted a female employee. He allegedly fired the gun before leaving the scene in a vehicle, police added.

About 40 minutes later, police found the suspect's vehicle on Regent Avenue West and Stapon Road. He sped away erratically, which set off a high-speed police chase. He allegedly fired at officers, who then fired back.

Regent Avenue closed

Eastbound Regent Avenue was closed on Plessis Road Saturday morning. (Justin Fraser/CBC)

Const. Jason Michalyshen said the culprit put a number of people at risk, including officers who responded to the scene.

"Putting our members at high risk to make split second decisions," he said.

"We rely on our training, we rely on the equipment that's provided to us to ensure we can bring these types of high-volatile situations to a quick, safe close."

The suspect's vehicle eventually reached a dead end near Springfield Road west of Lagimodiere Boulevard and came to a stop. Police arrested a 51-year-old man with the help of the canine unit, and he remains in custody.

The Homicide and Major Crimes units are now conducting an investigation. Because officers fired their guns, the Independent Investigation Unit of Manitoba has also been notified and brought into the investigation.

Police closed eastbound Regent between Starlight Drive and Owen Street, as well as another section between Plessis Road and Moroz Street, while investigators remained on the scene.

No one was seriously injured, police said.