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05 April 2019 **SPECIAL MEDIA RELEASE** Project "Burden"



As published in our 2018 Annual Report, the Brandon Police Service deployed the Emergency Response Team (ERT) 14 times in 2018. These deployments were due mainly to the increase in firearm related incidents. In 2018, BPS seized in excess of 200 firearms and had to deploy the ERT for the safety of both the officers involved in these situations as well as the public we serve. Firearms in the hands of criminals place both police and the public at risk.

Project “Burden” was established in the later part of 2018 as a response to this increasing public safety issue. Project “Burden” led by the Brandon Police Service, was a multi-jurisdictional project involving BPS, RCMP Blue Hills Detachment and members of the National Weapons Enforcement Support Team (NWEST) targeting the theft and unlawful possession of firearms in Brandon and the Westman area.   Project “Burden” culminated with the following action on March 19th, 2019:

At approximately 7:00pm, police conducted a traffic stop on Patmore Drive and arrested a 31 year old male. The male was the lone occupant of the vehicle. He was found in possession of a firearm which was later determined to have been stolen from a break and enter in Souris Manitoba.

At approximately 01:55am on March 20, 2019, members of the Brandon Police Service Crime and Patrol Sections, with the assistance of the Emergency Response Team, executed a search warrant in the 000 block of E. Fotheringham Drive, Brandon, Manitoba. The residence was searched and police located a .22 caliber firearm along with assorted ammunition and several firearm parts within the residence. The firearm was later determined to have been stolen during a break and enter to a rural address in the RM of Oakland-Wawanesa.

At approximately 2:00pm on March 20, 2019, members of the Brandon Police Service Crime and Patrol Sections, members of Blue Hills RCMP, and members of NWEST, executed a search warrant at a rural property in the RM of Oakland-Wawanesa. A search of the property yielded the recovery of approximately 11 firearms as well as a motorcycle stolen from Brandon. Several of the firearms were found to have been stolen from the previously mentioned residential break and enter in Souris Manitoba. Some of the stolen/recovered firearms had been altered making them prohibited.

The 31 year old male, Shaun Morton, arrested in the Patmore Drive traffic stop was subsequently charged with numerous firearms offences in relation to all the firearms located and seized. He remains in custody.

The successful conclusion of Project Burden has removed 13 firearms from the hands of dangerous criminals in our communities. The ongoing collaborative efforts of law enforcement agencies throughout Westman continue to keep citizens safe.






Release Authorized By:

Cst. Myran Hamm #125

Acting Public Information Officer

Ph: 204-729-2390



Anyone with information on any unsolved crime is asked to call Brandon Crime Stoppers at 204-727-(TIPS) 8477, or by texting BCSTIP and your message to CRIMES (274637). Crime Stoppers pays up to $2000.00 cash for information that leads to the solution of a crime.


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