Saskatchewan RCMP Officer Killed on Duty
The RCMP in Saskatchewan is mourning the loss of one of their own.
Constable Shelby Patton lost his life while on duty on Saturday.
The 26-year-old officer worked at the Indian Head RCMP Detachment since 2015, the entirety of his six years and four months of service with the RCMP. Before officially beginning his duties at the Indian Head Detachment, he was on assignment at Parliament Hill in February and March of 2015.
Constable Patton was killed while following two suspects who were driving a stolen vehicle, a truck, from Manitoba. Constable Patton initiated a traffic stop with the truck in the town of Wolseley. During the course of the stop, while outside of his police vehicle, Constable Patton was struck and killed by the truck.
He died at the scene. A member of the public provided medical assistance to Constable Patton until emergency responders could arrive.
The truck left the scene and was later located in a rural area northeast of Francis, Saskatchewan.
Two suspects, an adult male and an adult female, were located and arrested. Both suspects remain in police custody.
Saskatchewan RCMP Commanding Officer, Assistant Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore said, "Tragedy unfolded early this morning for our Saskatchewan RCMP family.
This morning I, along with the Indian Head Detachment Commander and Saskatchewan RCMP Chaplain, had to tell Constable Patton's wife the difficult news that he is not coming home…. I am heartbroken for her and her family."
Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe said in a statement, "It is with tremendous sorrow that Saskatchewan mourns the loss of RCMP Constable Shelby Patton, who was killed in the line of duty this morning in Wolseley, SK. 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. My deepest condolences to Constable Patton’s wife, family, friends and colleagues."