Charges laid in fatal police-involved shooting and lengthy highway chase

When David Frank Burling led law enforcement on a police chase that would span several Manitoba communities and end in Saskatchewan, it wasn’t the first time he’s fled from police. Morgan Modjeski reports.

Manitoba RCMP says charges have been laid in connection to a fatal police-involved shooting Wednesday following a lengthy highway chase.

Around 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4, Mounties in Manitoba were informed by RCMP in Saskatchewan that a stolen vehicle being driven from Cypress River, Manitoba, was seen near Carlyle, Saskatchewan, and it appeared to be heading east out of the province.


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The vehicle was later spotted on Highway 2 in Manitoba, then again near Oak Bluff.

Around 1:20 a.m. on June 5, RCMP asked the Winnipeg Police Service for assistance as the vehicle was being followed south of Winnipeg.

Police say a shooting which is being investigated by the Independent Investigation Unit (IIU) took place around 3 a.m. in a parking lot in Otterburne, near Providence University College, south of Winnipeg.

RCMP and Winnipeg police on scene at Shell gas station and Tim Hortons in Niverville, Man., June 5, 2024. (Alex Karpa, CityNews)

Police say the suspects continued to flee pursuing officers following the shooting, driving the stolen truck to a Shell gas station and Tim Hortons in Niverville. There, one suspect died of his injuries, another fled to Saskatchewan in a different vehicle, and the third was placed under arrest, according to WPS and RCMP.

A 34-year-old woman was taken into custody at the Drovers Run location where the driver fled and a man in his 30s was found dead. Police have confirmed she has been released without charges.

RCMP were later able to locate 29-year-old David Frank Burling, and took him and a 37-year-old woman into custody in Saskatchewan.

Police say David Burling, 29, is a suspect in the June 5, 2024, police chase and shooting in Manitoba. (Submitted by: Saskatchewan RCMP)

The woman was also released without charges.

RCMP have since charged Burling with two counts of assault against a peace officer with a weapon, possession of property obtained by a crime, failure to stop, and dangerous operation of a vehicle.

“There is much more work to do on this investigation,” said Superintendent Rob Lasson, Acting Criminal Operations Officer for the Manitoba RCMP. “This was a multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional event that was complex and had many moving parts, and all of those involved worked together toward the same goals – keeping citizens safe and getting the suspect in custody.”

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