Prime Minister, Sask. premier, mourn death of RCMP officer killed on-duty

Prime Minister, Sask. premier, mourn death of RCMP officer killed on-duty

"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.

"I am heartbroken for her and her family", Blackmore said.

Cst Patton did not die immediately and members of the public attempted life-saving efforts.

Two suspects, a man and a woman, were arrested later in the morning in the Francis area in connection to the investigation. Police say the suspects remain in custody.

"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 Blackmore. "Our grief is only matched by our tremendous gratitude to Constable Patton for his service, and to every police officer who serves and protects us every day".

The mayor of Wolseley described a state of shock in the community on Saturday evening, after the incident. "Just starting out, just starting out", Hill said to CTV News.

Blackmore says Patton had been a member of the RCMP for six years and four months, working out of the Indian Head detachment.

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

To show respect for the fallen officer, flags at RCMP detachments across the country will be flying at half-mast.

A councillor in Wolseley says the area in the centre of his town remains blocked off. We will continue to support them during what is an extremely tragic time.

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

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