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Killarney man’s death in firearms incident under investigation by police, coroner

Brant Burke, 56, found dead on trail off of Highway 637

A Killarney man is dead due to a firearms incident on the Point Grondine Reserve off Highway 637 near Killarney on Oct. 25.

The Nipissing West OPP were informed at 10:20 a.m. of the man’s sudden death. He was located on a trail in the area, which is within Wiikwemkoong First Nation territory.

The deceased has been identified as Brant Burke, 56, of Killarney.

A joint forces investigation is continuing by Wikwemikong Tribal Police with the assistance of the Nipissing West OPP Crime Unit, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF), the OPP Forensic Identification Service (FIS) under the direction of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB).

The Office of the Chief Coroner and the Ontario Forensic Pathology Service (OCC-OFPS) is also involved with the investigation. 

A post-mortem examination was conducted in Sudbury, and the cause of death was confirmed to be as a result of a firearm-related injury.

Further information will be released as it becomes available.  

Officers are urging anyone with information regarding this incident to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or their nearest police authority.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit information online at, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

Another Killarney-area man, Kevin Boggs, 66, also died Oct. 24 in a boating mishap in the Beaverstone Bay area.