Off-duty Winnipeg cop escapes with his life after suspect’s gun misfires

An off-duty Winnipeg cop narrowly escaped a life-threatening situation early Sunday morning, according to the president of the Winnipeg Police Association.Moe Sabourin told 680 CJOB that the incident occurred on Smith Street, when an officer was walking to his vehicle after a tour of duty.The suspect had a brief exchange with the officer before drawing a gun and pulling the trigger, although it apparently misfired and the officer fled to safety.

Moe Sabourin, head of the Winnipeg Police Association.

Moe Sabourin, head of the Winnipeg Police Association.Jordan Pearn / Global News“It’s clear the individual knew the member was a police officer based on the comments that were made,” said Sabourin.“Because the suspect is not in custody at this point, we have no idea what the intention was, but the actions seem pretty clear.”READ MORE: Gun calls a growing problem in the city: Winnipeg policeSabourin said this incident is another example of ongoing safety concerns the association has for its members’ safety.Story continues below

“We had a member that was stabbed in late 2017 returning to his vehicle, and although those are the most serious events that have occurred, there have been numerous occasions where members are threatened or followed going to or from their vehicles.”Sabourin said the officer in Sunday’s incident did the right thing by getting out of the situation, and that the suspect is still at large.“The equipment belt (the officer) was trained to use during use-of-force-encounters was likely not with him at the time,” he said.“When you have a suspect with a firearm, the best course of action is to disengage and get the hell out of there, frankly.” WATCH: RCMP officer injured in Manitoba shooting