RCMP officer killed in traffic stop in Saskatchewan
14 June, 2021, 19:34
"Const. Patton initiated a traffic stop with the truck in the town of Wolseley".
Assistant Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore says 26-year-old Const. Shelby Patton had been following the truck, which was allegedly stolen, before attempting to pull the auto over in Wolseley, Sask.
"This morning, I, along with the Indian Head detachment commander and the Saskatchewan RCMP chaplain, had to tell Const. Patton's wife the hard news that he is not coming home", Blackmore said.
At 7:50 a.m., he found the truck and stopped it. Police said he was hit and killed shortly afterwards, during the stop.
The suspects, an adult male and an adult female, immediately fled the scene of the incident after striking Patton with the stolen truck but were located two hours later at approximately 10 a.m.in a rural northeast area of Francis, Saskatchewan, with the assistance of RCMP Police Dog Services. "These messages help us through this hard time", Assistant RCMP Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore said".
A man and a woman are in police custody, but there's no word on what charges they may face.
"Members of the public were on scene and performed first aid until the arrival of EMS and police, but Const. Patton was declared deceased at the scene", RCMP said in a news release.
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Anyone who wants to send condolences to the wife, family, friends and colleagues of Const. Patton can do so on the RCMP website.
Patton, a husband, brother and son, worked at the RCMP Indian Head detachment since 2015.
The Major Crimes Unit is investigating.
Tim Taylor said he heard sirens at 8 a.m., adding there have been many officers in the community ever since.
Ken Drever, another councillor in Wolseley, says the community is shaken by what happened.
"You're obviously upset", he said.
"Although we wear a police uniform, we are regular people, going to our job each day, just as everyone else does", Blackmore said.