Police say a man was safely taken into custody after a serious dispute involving a gun.

On Saturday evening, Winnipeg Police Service officers were called to the 1000 block of Main Street after multiple people called 911, alerting them to a high-risk situation. The callers told the police that a man had a gun and was pointing it at people and buildings. They also told officers the man was in an earlier dispute with a group of people.

At 5:25 p.m., the Tactical Support Team arrived, locating the man inside a bus shelter with others.

"Officers engaged the male and were able to deescalate the matter, at which time the male discarded the weapon and was safely taken into custody," the WPS says in a statement.

Police say they seized the gun, learning it had been altered. It has been designed to look like a Makarov semi-automatic handgun but was actually a .177 calibre CO2 pistol.

The 20-year-old suspect is being charged with:

  • Possession of a Weapon
  • Carrying Concealed Weapon Prohibited Device or Ammunition
  • Possession of Firearm, Restricted/Prohibited Weapon or Ammunition Contrary to Prohibition Order (x2)
gunPolice say this photo shows the grip moved to the side and the CO2 cartridge removed. (WPS/Supplied)