Violence broke out on Long Plain First Nation when police attempted to arrest a man on an outstanding warrant.
Members of the Manitoba First Nations Police Service (MFNPS) attended the 90 Block of Keesh Drive in Long Plain First Nation. Officers had received information that Brent Houle, who was wanted on outstanding warrants was possibly at this location.
When the officers arrived, Houle immediately fled on foot. When officers caught him a short distance away, Houle tried to disarm an MFNPS officer of his electronic control device (ECD). The RCMP was called for assistance and attended immediately.
While trying to arrest Houle, and throughout this whole incident, a number of Houle’s relatives physically assaulted officers, obstructed justice and tried to assist Houle in escaping lawful custody.
One relative repeatedly struck MFNPS officers with a jerry can filled with gasoline, which doused officers with gas.
With the assistance of the RCMP, Houle and all the relatives were eventually arrested at the scene.
As a result, two RCMP officers and two MFNPS officers sustained injuries. All of the injured officers were taken to hospital and treated for their injuries.
Brent Houle, 35, is charged with: resisting arrest and obstructing peace officer, escaping lawful custody, assaulting peace officer, disarming a police officer along with his several outstanding warrants.
Faye Prince, 33, is charged with: resisting and obstructing a peace officer, assault, uttering threats.
Three youths were also involved. All face charges including resisting arrest, and assaulting police.
Houle, Prince and the 15-year-old female were remanded into custody to appear in Portage La Prairie Provincial Court on November 20, 2023.
The 14-year-old female and 13-year-old male were released on an Undertaking to appear in Portage La Prairie Provincial court on January 10, 2024.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Long Plain MFNP at 204-252-4488 or submit an anonymous tip to the MFNP Tip Line: 1-833-978-0048 or Email: Tips@MFNP.ca.