The CFL is mourning with the rest of Canada after the tragic death of Royal Canadian Mounted Police Constable Shelby Patton.
Patton was killed after following two suspects who were driving a stolen truck from Manitoba. He initiated a traffic stop with the truck in the town of Wolseley, SK. During the course of the stop, while outside of his police vehicle, Constable Patton was struck by the truck and died at the scene.
The truck left the scene and was later located in a rural area northeast of Francis, SK. Two suspects, an adult male and adult female, were located and arrested with the assistance of RCMP Police Dog Services in a field in the vicinity — both suspects remain in police custody.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders send sincere condolences to Constable Patton’s wife, family and loved ones.
“So saddened to learn of the loss of RCMP Constable Shelby Patton, killed on duty in Saskatchewan. Our deepest sympathies to his family and the entire RCMP family,” commissioner Randy Ambrosie wrote on Twitter.
The 26-year-old 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.
The RCMP Major Crime Unit North has taken the lead on this investigation with the assistance of multiple RCMP Detachments, Collision Reconstruction and Forensic Identification Services, among other supporting units and partner agencies. A tragedy such as this shakes the entire RCMP family to its core, coast to coast in Canada.