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Manitoba stand-off reaches Florida radio

PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, Manitoba, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- A gunman holding off Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Manitoba contacted a Florida radio talk show and talked for three hours.

The standoff was in its third day Thursday.

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The Winnipeg Sun reported the unidentified gunman called a Melbourne, Fla., radio talk show just as it was going off the air. Host Peter Kawaja stayed on the phone with the man for nearly three hours before the phone line was disconnected.

"I feel he would have come out," Kawaja told the newspaper in a phone interview. "We almost got to that stage.

"He was very concerned, very excited, but he had resigned himself that perhaps it was his time to go."

The standoff started about 5 p.m. Tuesday after the man fired a single rifle shot at two officers who entered the Portage la Prairie home, 50 miles west of Winnipeg. The officers retreated without returning fire, and no one was injured.

The officers had planned to take the man to hospital to see a doctor after he breached parole conditions by not picking up a prescription and missing an appointment with a mental health worker.

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Police said they are willing to wait the man out, the newspaper said.

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