Saskatchewan RCMP officer killed during routine traffic stop

  • Saskatchewan RCMP officer killed during routine traffic stop

Saskatchewan RCMP officer killed during routine traffic stop

RCMP in Saskatchewan say an officer died tragically while on duty early this morning.

Assistant Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore says 26-year-old Const. Shelby Patton had been following the truck, which was allegedly stolen, before attempting a traffic stop in Wolseley, Sask.

Patton was following the stolen truck and pulled the vehicle over before he was struck and killed. Patton died on the scene.

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. "Sending my deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of [RCMP] officers Shelby Patton - know that I'm keeping you in my thoughts". Police say the suspects remain in custody.

Patton leaves behind a wife, who Blackmore spoke with Saturday morning. [His family] have lost a husband, son and brother.

"Const. Patton's family is also part of the RCMP family".

Blackmore says Patton had been a member of the RCMP for six years and four months, working out of the Indian Head detachment. "On behalf of all us [at Regina police] we stand beside you and offer support through this hard time". The investigation is ongoing.

To show respect for the fallen officer, flags at RCMP detachments across the country will be flying at half-mast. Funeral arrangements will be announced in the coming days. Although we wear a police uniform, we are regular people, going to our job each day, just as everyone else does. "Our grief is only matched by our tremendous gratitude to Constable Patton for his service, and to every police officer who serves and protects us every day".