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Accused triple killer 'co-operating' with cops 0

Matt Dykstra, QMI Agency
Travis Brandon Baumgartner, 21, is shown in an undated Edmonton Police Service handout photo.

Travis Brandon Baumgartner, 21, is shown in an undated Edmonton Police Service handout photo.

EDMONTON - 

Travis Baumgartner, captured at the U.S. border for the shooting deaths of three G4S security guards on the University of Alberta campus, is expected to make his first court appearance in Edmonton Wednesday.

Police Supt. Bob Hassel said investigators dispatched to Langley, B.C., from Edmonton have interviewed Baumgartner, who was collared Saturday at the Lynden, Wash., border crossing.

"I can tell you that Travis Baumgartner is co-operating with our investigators and based on this we are completing numerous investigative tasks that we still have to fulfil," Hassel said.

Baumgartner is expected to be transported to Edmonton for his first local court appearance Wednesday.

He appeared before a justice of the peace Sunday in Langley.

The eight Edmonton investigators dispatched to B.C. have completed a "thorough examination" of Baumgartner's Ford F-150 truck,

but Baumgartner's G4S-issued body armour and handgun have not been recovered.

Baumgartner led police agencies across the province on a 36-hour manhunt that ended Saturday when he was caught at the border, southwest of Abbotsford, B.C. He was carrying over $330,000 in Canadian currency.

Baumgartner was one of five G4S security guards exchanging funds at an ABM machine inside the University of Alberta's Hub Mall shortly after midnight Friday.

At some point during the job, G4S guards Michelle Shegelski, 26, Brian Ilesic, 35, and Eddie Rejano, 39, were shot and killed. One of the victims was shot outside the building while three others -- including guard Matthew Schumm who survived but is in critical condition in hospital -- were shot inside the TD branch vault located behind the bank machine.

The shooter then locked them inside.

Officers responding to the scene needed to use a battering ram to get to Schumm and his dead colleagues.

Police have charged Baumgartner with three counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder.

No University of Alberta students were physically harmed or involved in the shooting.

A G4S armoured car, which police believe was the getaway vehicle used in the robbery, was discovered empty near a southeast Edmonton G4S facility early Friday morning.

Surveillance footage from the nearby Edmonton Sun press plant shows the driver of the armoured car park and retrieve something from the back of the vehicle before climbing into a truck and driving away.

Addressing media during the conference, G4S president and CEO Jean Taillon announced the security company is working with police to conduct a review of the shooting for their internal protocols.

"In addition to the police investigation, we have flown in our security experts as part of G4S's internal investigation," Taillon said.

"We do this to review all aspects of the incident, determine if there are lessons to be learned and if there are, we implement changes to help prevent a recurrence."

The manhunt for Baumgartner involved a massive amount of police resources, Hassel said, adding more than 200 members were tapped to assist.

Edmonton Police Chief Rod Knecht commended the collaborative efforts of city cops, RCMP, Canada Border Service Agency, and United States Customs and Border Protective Services for Baumgartner's swift arrest.

He also thanked the local news media for keeping the citizens of Edmonton and all of Canada informed of the police search for Baumgartner.

matthew.dykstra@sunmedia.ca


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