RCMP officer killed in traffic stop in Saskatchewan

Joanna Estrada
June 13, 2021

"Very sad news from Saskatchewan tonight", Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wrote on Twitter.

"I would like to express honest appreciation to a member of the public who provided medical assistance to Constable Patton until emergency responders could arrive", said Assistant Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore.

Blackmore says a man and a woman have been arrested, and charges are pending.

Patton was killed when he was struck by the truck as it attempted to flee the scene.

The last time a Saskatchewan RCMP officer was killed on duty was on July 20, 2012, when Const. Derek Pineo struck a moose.

Patton leaves behind a wife, who Blackmore spoke with Saturday morning. "Today, Constable Patton will not come home from doing his job protecting the public".

"I extend my condolences to all who knew and loved Constable Patton", Jagmeet Singh, Canada's NDP leader wrote.

Wolseley Mayor Gerald Hill explained the situation is hard to comprehend, especially for an officer early in his career. "Just starting out, just starting out", Hill said to CTV News.

"This morning I, along with the Indian Head Detachment Commander and Saskatchewan RCMP Chaplain, had to tell Constable Patton's wife the hard news that he is not coming home", Blackmore said Saturday.

"While responding to the call of duty, Const. Shelby Patton of the Indian Head detachment lost his life", Blackmore says.

Flags at every RCMP detachment across the province will remain at half-staff until sunset on the day of Patton's funeral, Blackmore said.

Many in the law enforcement community across the country have shared their condolences online.

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

"We grieve the tragic loss of [Const.] Shelby Patton", tweeted the Halifax Police.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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