RCMP believe parents’ plea helped in apprehending Robison
Sawyer Clarke Robison was arrested at 5 a.m., on Friday morning at a rural location, about 20 Km southeast of Killam.
Robison is now facing two charges of attempted murder in the shootings of two RCMP officers at a home near Killam, Alberta on Tuesday, February 7. Constable Sidney Gaudette and Constable Sheldon Shah are both recovering from their injuries at an Edmonton hospital.
Robison is now in police custody and his first court appearance is expected next week. The location of his court appearance has not yet been determined.
“We are extremely relieved that this situation has been resolved without any further harm to our members or the community. We can now focus our efforts on the criminal investigation, and supporting Constable Shah and Constable Gaudette in their recoveries, “ said Assistant Commissioner Marianne Ryan, Acting Commanding Officer of “K” Division RCMP. “We are extremely grateful for the public support we have received over the past few days, and would like to thank the citizens of the Killam area in particular, for their support under these difficult circumstances.”
During the arrest of Sawyer Robison, he was uninjured. Robison was caught while in a vehicle with two other people whose identities will not be released at this time. Robison was not arrested by police in his black pickup truck and the weapons police believe he had in his possession are not accounted for.
Sergeant Patrick Webb of the RCMP says “Police believe a public plea made yesterday by Robison’s parents played a role in resolving this incident peacefully”.
Police are not releasing any more details of Robison’s arrest “until investigators can determine if doing so will impact the integrity of the ongoing RCMP criminal investigation or the independent investigation of the police involved shooting that is currently underway by the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT)” said Sergeant Webb.
During the Friday morning press conference, Assistant Commander Ryan thanked all of the Alberta law enforcement agencies for their offers of assistant to “K” Division RCMP. She also thanked the emergency responders and medical staff whose efforts have contributed to the ongoing recoveries of the wounded members. She also acknowledged the impact of the Killam incident on the entire law enforcement community and the families who support them.
“This has been a tough week for the members of the law enforcement community across Canada who each day don their badges and enter uncertain situations, to ensure the peace and order in the communities they serve. Their families too live with this risk,” said A/Commr. Ryan. “To those who make the choice to serve, and to the families who support them, we are deeply in your debt.”
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