October 24, 2012
Suspect in Mountie shooting charged in death of his uncle
By QMI Agency
The man suspected of opening fire on two Killam, Alta., Mounties earlier this year has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of his uncle, who was found dead following the shootout.
Sawyer Clarke Robison, the subject of an intensive manhunt in February after two Killam RCMP officers were shot, was arrested Tuesday in the death of his uncle, Bradford Clarke.
Robison, 27, who was granted bail in June, is accused of shooting two RCMP officers on Feb. 7 after a police search of his uncle's rural home went awry.
The two officers -- Const. Sheldon Shah and Const. Sidney Gaudette -- were executing a search warrant for a .45-calibre handgun at home when they were shot.
Both suffered wounds to the abdomen and have since recovered.
Clarke was found dead from gunshot wounds inside the home on a farm, located 10 km southeast of Killam.
Robison was on the lam for almost three days before he was arrested in the area on Feb. 10.
A missing truck that was seen fleeing the scene moments after the shooting was located on a farmer's property 10 km southeast of Killam more than a week after the shooting. A .50-calibre sniper rifle was found hidden inside the truck and a .50-calibre magazine was found a short distance away.
After months of searching, police recovered a missing rifle at a rural property southeast of Killam, which RCMP said Robison ditched in the days following the shooting.
Robison is facing 15 charges, including two counts of attempted murder, to which he has pleaded not guilty.
After originally being denied bail in April, Robison was released on $100,000 bail on June 29. The conditions of his release included a provision that prohibited him from visiting the towns of Sedgewick or Killam.
He was also ordered to stay away from members of an anti-government group known as the Freemen, which has an estimated 30,000 supporters in Canada.
Robison is due in a provincial courtroom Oct. 30.