"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.
An RCMP officer was struck and killed by a truck he pulled over in rural Saskatchewan on Saturday morning.
Alphonse Stanley Traverse, 41, and Marlene Velma Louise Pagee, 42, both of Winnipeg, are facing a number of charges, including manslaughter and failure to stop after an accident resulting in death. "Sadly, Const. Patton died at the scene", Blackmore says.
"Const. Patton initiated a traffic stop with the truck in the town of Wolseley".
Police found them both abandoned near the community of Francis, 67 kilometres southeast of Regina. "Also, to farmers in the area who provided assistance to our responding police officers who arrested the suspects".
An "urgent dispatch" was sent to the Indian Head detachment.
"This morning I, along with the Indian Head Detachment Commander and Saskatchewan RCMP Chaplain, had to tell Constable Patton's wife the hard news that he is not coming home", Blackmore said Saturday. The suspects fled on foot and were arrested just before 10 a.m.
"We have received an outpouring of support and condolence messages in person, in writing and on social media from across Canada and beyond". "I am heartbroken for her and her family". I would like to thank everyone who took the time to let us know they share our grief.
Patton leaves behind a wife, who Blackmore spoke with Saturday morning. "We have advised (GoFundMe) the account is fraudulent", the release read.
They say he was struck and killed by the vehicle while attempting a traffic stop near Wolseley, Saskatchewan.