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Man killed following officer-involved shooting in Manitoba; RCMP searching for suspect in Saskatchewan

One man is dead, a woman is in custody, and RCMP in Saskatchewan are pursuing a suspect following an officer-involved shooting Wednesday.

Officers with the Manitoba RCMP confirmed Wednesday morning that a man was fatally shot by officers in the area of Drovers Run in Niverville, and a woman was taken into custody. Investigators said a third person got away in a stolen vehicle.

Images from the scene show multiple RCMP officers surrounding a truck in the parking lot of a gas station and Tim Hortons restaurant.

Myron Dyck, the mayor of Niverville, said he doesn’t know much else beyond what RCMP has shared, but added he was sad seeing the news Wednesday morning.

“My heart goes to both sides of the incident, to the emergency services side that deals with stressful situations like this, and also to the other side, both have families that they love and love them,” said Dyck.

He said he is thankful for the RCMP and the work they do, as well as the people of Niverville for their understanding and patience during this incident.

Police cruiser rammed by stolen truck: Winnipeg police

 A press conference from Winnipeg police provided some additional details about the events leading up to the shooting.

According to Const. Claude Chancy, police were told by RCMP that a black Ford F-350 was stolen from a community southwest of Winnipeg, and several “potentially armed” individuals were inside the vehicle. Police were told the truck was making its way to Winnipeg.

At approximately 12:50 a.m., a police vehicle saw the stolen vehicle near Ness Avenue and Linwood Street. Police asked for help from Air1, which tracked the vehicle. Police followed the truck for one hour, ending in a parking lot on College Crescent in Otterburne, Man.

Chancy said as police entered the parking lot, the cruiser was rammed by the truck, and officers discharged their firearms while engaging the suspects. The cruiser could be seen with apparent bullet holes Wednesday morning near Highway 59 and Highway 305.

The driver sped away, and the truck was tracked to a parking lot on Drovers Run in Niverville. The driver of the F350 got out of the truck and entered another vehicle, leaving the scene. The woman in the car tried to run away, but was arrested by RCMP.

A man who was a passenger in the truck was seen suffering from a gunshot wound. Officers provided emergency medical care before paramedics arrived; however, the man died from his injuries.

The Independent Investigation Unit is now investigating the incident.

Suspect sought in Saskatchewan 

Late Wednesday morning, Saskatchewan RCMP said officers were searching for a suspect who they said fled from police in Winnipeg and Niverville in a stolen vehicle. David Burling, 29, is believed to be driving a green 2016 Subaru CrossTrek with Manitoba plate LJB 238.

An increased RCMP presence was reported in the Esterhazy area at 10:20 a.m. as officers in the area searched for Burling.

He’s described as five-foot-two, weighing 190 pounds with black hair and hazel eyes.

“Residents in the area are asked to use caution. Do not stop for hitchhikers. Do not approach suspicious persons. Ensure homes and vehicles are locked,” a news release read.

In an update at 10:36 a.m., RCMP revealed that Burling is believed to be travelling westbound on Highway 22, possibly to the Fort Qu’Appelle area.

29-year-old David Burling is described as 5 feet 2 inches tall, weighing 190 lbs with black hair and hazel eyes. (Courtesy: Saskatchewan RCMP)

 

-With files from CTV’s David Prisciak and Daniel Halmarson

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