A man wanted for the murder of his wife and two young children is in police custody after being arrested on Good Friday.

A manhunt had been underway in Winnipeg for Trevis McLeod since early last week. Police allege that he killed his wife, three-year-old son, and six-year-old daughter before setting their home on fire.

McLeod was arrested and charged with assaulting another family member following the fire, but police had to release him due to a lack of evidence at the time in connection to the murders, the RCMP says.

“This was a horrific and tragic crime that took the lives of a mother and her two small children,” said Superintendent Rob Lasson, Officer in Charge of Major Crime Services, when speaking of the crime last week.

McLeod had been spotted a few times in Winnipeg last week and was finally arrested on Friday in the downtown around 8:30 p.m.

Members of the Winnipeg Police Service made the arrest without incident according to a press release from the Manitoba RCMP. McLeod was then turned over to RCMP Major Crime Services.

"The RCMP would like to thank the Winnipeg Police Service for their partnership and assistance in this matter."

The RCMP is expected to release more information shortly.