Sniper rifle found inside Mountie shooting suspect's truck 0
Sawyer Clarke Robison, 27, who was wanted in connection to the shootings of two Mounties was arrested Friday. (Supplied Photo)
EDMONTON — A missing truck linked to the Killam RCMP shooting has been recovered -- and a powerful sniper rifle was found inside, Mounties say.
The 2000 black Silverado truck was seized by Killam RCMP Tuesday in a farmer’s property, roughly 10 km southeast of the small town where tactical officers spent hours searching for evidence.
The truck was seen fleeing the scene moments after Const. Sidney Gaudette and Const. Sheldon Shah were shot in the torso at a rural home Feb. 7.
Inside the truck Tuesday, officers discovered an empty .50-caliber sniper rifle.
The dangerous rifle has a range of 6.8 km.
Search dogs also sniffed out a loaded .50-caliber magazine a short distance away from the truck.
“We are very thankful to have this gun off the street -- it’s a very powerful weapon,” said RCMP spokesman Tim Taniguchi.
“The public assisted us in locating this truck and we are very grateful for their help.”
After the Feb. 7 shooting, both officers were transported to hospitals in Edmonton.
“One of the officers has been released from hospital, while the other is still in hospital,” said Taniguchi.
The body of a man in his 40s, identified by family as Brad Clarke, was later discovered inside the shooting scene residence.
The man wanted in connection with the shooting, Sawyer Clarke Robison, was arrested Feb. 10.
Sawyer Clarke Robinson, 27, remains in custody at the Edmonton Remand Centre.
He is charged with two counts of attempted murder.
His first court appearance will be in Killam Feb. 20.
-- with files from Matt Dykstra