The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) identified the on-duty officer who was killed in an incident in Saskatchewan earlier today.
Saskatchewan RCMP Commanding Officer, Assistant Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore, in a statement, said the 26-year-old Constable. Shelby Patton of the Indian Head RCMP Detachment, lost his life this morning at around 8:00 a.m., while following two suspects who were driving a stolen vehicle, a truck, from Manitoba.
Officer Blackmore further added “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.”
“Sadly, Constable Patton died at the scene,” Officer Blackmore said, adding that “The truck then left the scene and was later located in a rural area northeast of Francis, Saskatchewan.”
She also added that two suspects, an adult male and adult female, were located and arrested with the assistance of RCMP Police Dog Services in a field in this vicinity just before 10:00 this morning. Both suspects remain in police custody.
“To show our respect and honour our fallen colleague, flags at every RCMP detachment across the province will remain at half-mast until sunset on the day of the funeral. Information regarding Constable Patton’s funeral service will be shared in the coming days,” she added.
Constable Patton worked at the Indian Head 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.