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November 11, 2017

Winnipeg Police Service Media Release
For Immediate Release

Firearms – Arrest: C17-254344

During the day of November 10, 2017, members of the Street Crime Unit, with the assistance of the Tactical Support Team and Community Support Units, executed a search warrant at a residence in the 400 block of Magnus Avenue. Investigators were targeting a suspect male they believed was in possession of an illegal firearm.

A number of individuals were located inside the residence and were taken into custody. The investigation has led to the seizure of a number of items including the following:

- A 12-gauge pump-action shotgun with both the barrel and stock sawed-off.
- A .45-70 lever-action rifle with both the barrel and stock sawed-off.
- 18 12-gauge shotgun shells.
- 22 .45-70 cartridges.

Stevie Ray Ballantyne, a 25-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- Possession of Firearm or Ammunition Contrary to Prohibition Order (x4)
- Careless Storage of Firearm (x2)
- Store Firearm or Restricted Weapon Contrary to Regulations (x2)
- Possession of a Weapon (x2)
- Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized (x2)
- Possession of a Prohibited Firearm with Ammunition (x2)
- Possession of a Firearm Obtained by Crime (x2)
- Fail to Comply with Probation Order

He was detained in custody.

Suspicious Incident – Investigation: C17-255763

This morning, the Winnipeg Police Service received a report of a suspicious incident that occurred in the Crestview neighbourhood. At approximately 9:25 a.m., a 17-year-old female was walking in the 400 block of Hamilton Avenue when a vehicle approached her from behind. The vehicle stopped a short distance ahead of her and the driver rolled down the passenger window, asking the female if she wanted a ride. When the female replied no, the male exited driver's door and asked if she was sure. He closed his door and remained outside the vehicle. The female ran from the area and police were contacted. The male is described as being East Indian in appearance, 40 years old, with light brown skin and a medium build. He is approximately 5'9" in height with short black hair, a short black thick bear and was wearing a black jacket. He did not have an accent. The vehicle is described as an older model 4-door grey car with a "boxy" design, black handles and black trim. No licence plate was obtained. Limited information is available at this time and the Winnipeg Police Service continues to investigate the incident.
Last Update: November 14, 2017

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