RM of St. Andrews, Manitoba – On May 2, 2023, at approximately 12:35 pm, Selkirk RCMP received a report of a single-vehicle collision at Gimli Road and Henry Avenue in the RM of St. Andrews. A silver pickup truck full of garage-type items had rolled into the ditch. Two people were observed running toward Netley Marsh. Police attended and determined the pickup truck was stolen.
Investigation led officers to determine that a black pickup truck came to the area, at which time the two people who had fled returned to the collision scene, took items from the first pickup truck and got into the second pickup truck, which then left through a bush trail through the marsh. Police checks on the second pickup truck determined it, too, was stolen.
Multiple police vehicles from several detachment areas attended the area to look for the pickup truck and the four individuals believed to be inside. At one point, the vehicle was spotted near Edith Avenue in Petersfield. When the suspect vehicle became aware of the police presence, it fled down Highway 9 at a rate of speed topping 175 kilometres per hour, becoming a severe public safety threat. The vehicle was again spotted on Highway 8, passing other vehicles on the shoulder. RCMP set up containment in the area. The vehicle was located abandoned in a field on Rushman Road.
RCMP Police Service Dog Mocha attended the scene to assist in tracking the individuals from the vehicle. As police were searching, the suspects stood up from behind a large pit and began to flee, quickly running out of steam. They were apprehended by 1:35 pm.
All four suspects had numerous outstanding warrants and were breaching court-imposed conditions. A search of the black pickup truck resulted in the seizure of a rifle, a pellet handgun, numerous rounds of a variety of ammunition, a bunch of keys, and illegal cigarettes. A search of the silver pickup truck resulted in the seizure of bear spray, a hatchet, and a baton. A firearm was also recovered near where the vehicle was in the ditch.
It was determined that the silver pickup truck had been involved in an incident of stolen fuel in the RM of Rosser earlier in the day. It was also determined that the stolen silver pickup had been taken from a residence on Hall Road East, which had been broken into and firearms, along with numerous other items, were taken. Police have since recovered a handgun and another rifle that was taken.
David Adam Morrissette, 25, of Winnipeg; Liam Freeman, 22, of the RM of MacDonald; Angie Marie Daniels, 22, of Winnipeg; and Brittny Anderson (correct spelling), 27, of the RM of Gimli all face numerous charges, including Possession of Property Obtained by Crime, Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Flight from Police, Obstruct Police, Possess Weapon for Dangerous Purpose, and numerous Fail to Comply with Release Order charges. All four remain in custody.
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