Constable Shelby Patton, a six year veteran of the Indian Head RCMP detachment, was murdered while performing a traffic stop outside Wolseley, SK, on June 12, 2021.
Constable Patton pulled over a truck reported stolen from Manitoba. After he exited his RCMP cruiser the driver of the stolen vehicle hit him and ran him over, killing him.
Assistant Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore, Commanding Officer of the RCMP in Saskatchewan, issued the following statement.
This morning I, along with the Indian Head Detachment Commander and Saskatchewan RCMP Chaplain, had to tell Constable Patton’s wife the difficult news that he is not coming home…. I am heartbroken for her and her family.
Constable Patton’s family is also part of the RCMP family. They have lost a husband, son and brother. We will continue to support them during what is an extremely tragic time.
No one should have to wake up and learn their family member died as a result of doing their job and this is what happened today to Constable Patton’s loved ones.
Constable Shelby Patton was killed this morning at around 8:00 a.m. while following two suspects who were driving a stolen vehicle, a truck, from Manitoba.
Constable Patton initiated a traffic stop with the truck in the town of Wolseley. During the course of the stop, while outside of his police vehicle, Constable Patton was struck and killed by the truck.
Sadly, Constable Patton died at the scene.
The truck then left the scene and was later located in a rural area northeast of Francis, Saskatchewan.
Two suspects, an adult male and adult female, were located and arrested with the assistance of RCMP Police Dog Services in a field in this vicinity just before 10:00 this morning. Both suspects remain in police custody.
I would like to express sincere appreciation to a member of the public who provided medical assistance to Constable Patton until emergency responders could arrive. Also, to farmers in the area who provided assistance to our responding police officers who arrested the suspects.
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.
The two people suspected of murdering Constable Patton are in custody and charges are pending.
“The detachment commander actually mentioned to me, to create the ideal RCMP member, you would clone Shelby Patton,” said an emotional Asst. Commissioner Blackmore at a press conference.
Constable Shelby Patton is survived by his wife, brothers and parents.
Fraudulent GoFundMe Campaign
It appears some lowlifes are always on the lookout for ways to scam unsuspecting people, including those wanting to express their grief while supporting a young widow.
The RCMP issued a warning about a GoGundMe campaign set up in Constable Patton’s name. They warn the campaign set up by a ‘Sam Joseph’ is a fraud and to avoid donating to it.
RCMP later said they advised GoFundMe the account was fake and the page was deactivated as of Monday morning.