Police Search for Suspect After Local Shooting

First published in the Oct. 30 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

A man was hospitalized with a gunshot wound to the arm after a local shooting this week, according to the Burbank Police Department, which said it has identified a suspect.
Burbank police officers responded to the area of Frederic Street and Chandler Boulevard Thursday at about 10 p.m. after receiving multiple reports of possible gunshots, Lt. Derek Green said in a statement. Officers found a wounded man, who was taken to a trauma center for emergency surgery, Green added. No updates to the man’s condition were available as of Friday morning.
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Police Release Video of Officer Shooting Nevada Man

Photo courtesy Heather Kahler
Heather Kahler, the wife of a man who died after a Burbank officer shot him three times, described him as someone who cared for his family.

Note: This story describes the video of the shooting but does not display it. The video, which after this story was published was replaced by an updated version that did not say David Kahler had felony convictions, can be viewed on the Burbank Police Department’s YouTube page.

The Burbank Police Department released a video this week of an officer shooting a Nevada man just feet away from his stepson in a local hotel parking lot last month.
The roughly 18-minute edited and narrated video, released on the BPD’s website and social media pages on Wednesday, contains body camera and surveillance footage of the shooting. The department said the footage shows Las Vegas, Nevada resident David William Kahler pointing a handgun at officers after they were called to the Quality Inn Burbank Airport hotel on the morning of March 8 regarding an unattended child — Kahler’s stepson.
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2020 Crime Reports Lowest Since 2014

Though Burbank crime reports continued climbing in the final month of 2020, the year totaled the lowest figure since 2014, according to data from the police department.
Burbank’s total reports for “index crimes” — a selection of seven incident types commonly used by law enforcement to gauge crime rates — were at 2,649 for 2020. That number of index crimes, which include thefts, robberies, aggravated assaults and burglaries, was a 5.6% decrease from 2019’s total.
The 2020 crime report total, according to the Burbank Police Department’s statistics, was Burbank’s third-lowest since 2011; only 2013, which had 2,601 reports, and 2014, which had 2,576, had lower counts.

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