The RCMP have arrested a suspect in connection with an incident in
rural Alberta that left two Mounties wounded and another man dead.
In a statement released Friday morning, the RCMP said they arrested
27-year-old Sawyer Clarke Robison in a rural area about 160 kilometres
southeast of Edmonton.
He was apprehended without incident during a roadside stop between Killam and Edmonton, police said, and is now in custody.
Although Robison was initially described as a person of interest in
the case, police on Wednesday charged him with two counts of attempted
murder. Issuing a Canada-wide warrant for his arrest, the Mounties said
he might have fled as far away as Ontario.
"There was some speculation he may have gone further to get away from
the scene of the crime, but clearly that didn't happen," CTV reporter
Bill Fortier said in an interview from Edmonton Friday.
Noting the impassioned plea Ray Robison made for his son to turn
himself in on Thursday, Fortier said it's yet to be determined what
exactly led police to the suspect.
"That plea went out yesterday," he said. "And earlier this morning
RCMP did make that arrest in the area fairly close to where this all
went down on Tuesday, so you can imagine that tips played a big role in
The RCMP will officially comment on the circumstances leading up to
the arrest at a news conference expected before noon local time.
Robison had been last seen driving away from his family's property
near the town of Killam, Alta. on Tuesday afternoon, after two Mounties
were shot while attempting to execute a firearms-related search warrant.
Four officers had turned up at the property, police say, following up on a domestic violence incident in a nearby town.
The injured constables, Sheldon Shah and Sidney Gaudette, have both
undergone surgery and are expected to fully recover from their wounds.
The deceased has been identified as Robison's uncle, Brad Clarke.
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