Last night at around 11pm I was catching up on other Blogs when I heard a car door slam, then another and another and another...
I looked out my front door and counted atleast
20 Police cars!!,
3 Fire Engines and 5 Ambulances.
I ran out and found that our street, which is a busy thoroughfare here in Winnipeg, had been completely cordoned off.
I knew instantly that only one thing would bring that many Uniforms.. a Police Officer must have been injured or shot. I ran upstairs to tell my wife because you never see that many Cop Cars in one place at the same time..
it was like a scene in a movie.
This morning my backlane is filled with Police cars and on the National news I learned that
3 Police Officers had been shot.
All three are in the hospital with gunshot wounds..one with a leg wound, one in the hand and one seriously wounded by a gunshot wound to the abdomen.
One suspect was wounded and is in hospital.The Police had been serving a warrant to a house 6 doors down and almost directly across the street from our city's famous Bridge Drive In Ice Cream Parlor.
A neighbour that I met in the backlane told me that the occupants of the house were suspected of drug dealing. WTH! This is an ordinary working/middle class neighbourhood, 5 minutes from Downtown Winnipeg, where the streets are lined with beautiful, gigantic Elm trees.
This sort of thing has never ever happened here before. I hate to even think that something like this could happen in my neighbourhood, but it probably it happens in every neighbourhood doesn't it?.
Since the backlane is still closed off with Police tape and Forensic Vehicles, my wife had to walk over a block to meet her car pool ride. My son and I will have to cut through somebody's yard to get to school this morning. You can read about it here: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/breakingnews/story/3806709p-4402786c.html
I hope that those Officers are OK, their families must be living through their worst nightmare...hopefully none of the injured Policemen are guys that I went to school with.
All in all it's a little, no make that,
WAY TOO CLOSE TO HOME!