The Saskatchewan RCMP has identified the officer who died Saturday morning as 26-year-old Const. Shelby Patton of the Indian Head detachment.
Saskatchewan RCMP Commanding Officer, Assistant Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore said Patton was following two suspects who were allegedly driving a stolen truck from Manitoba. Patton initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle in Wolseley.
RCMP allege Patton was struck and killed while outside his police vehicle by the suspects in the truck.
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Patton died on the scene around 8 a.m., despite medical efforts from a member of the public.
Blackmore said the truck left the scene and was located in a rural area northeast of Francis. The suspects, a woman and man, were located and arrested in a field in the area just before 10 a.m.
Patton leaves behind a wife. He comes from an RCMP family.
“They have lost a husband, son and brother,” Blackmore told reporters.
“No one should have to wake up and learn their family member died as a result of doing their job and that is what happened today to Cst. Patton’s loved ones.”
Patton had been with the RCMP detachment in Indian Head since 2015. He served in the RMCP for a total of six years and four months.
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Before beginning his service in Indian Head, Patton was on assignment at Parliament Hill in February and March 2015.
In an earlier statement, the RCMP called the death “tragic.”
An earlier press release sent around 10 a.m. stated there was increased police presence in the areas surrounding Wolseley, Sask., and Francis, Sask.
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According to the earlier press release regarding the incident in the areas surrounding Wolseley, Sask., and Francis, Sask., two suspects were taken into custody in relation to a serious motor vehicle collision.
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