RCMP shooting suspect's parents urge him to surrender

The parents of the suspect in the shooting of two RCMP officers near Killam, Alta., have asked the fugitive to turn himself in — with his father urging him to "swallow your hurt" and come home.

Gun allegedly used by friend of suspect in threatening incident last Friday


  • Gun allegedly used in threatening incident last Friday

The parents of the suspect in the shooting of two RCMP officers near Killam, Alta., have asked the fugitive to turn himself in — with his father urging him to "swallow your hurt" and come home.

"Sawyer, we love you," said Sawyer Robison's father Ray Robison at a news conference on Thursday outside the RCMP detachment in Killam. "You know that."

"We want to have you back and we know how hard it may be for you to come back to us," he said, standing beside his wife Carol Clarke and Sawyer's friend Graham Burden.

"Swallow your hurt and listen to the quiet world," said Robison.

Police consider Sawyer Robison armed and a danger to police. (CBC)

"You and Brad have more support than you can realize."

It's believed Robison's uncle, Brad Clarke, was shot and killed during the shootout.

Sawyer Robison, 27, is facing two counts of attempted murder after two officers were shot and wounded in a rural home near the central Alberta town.

"We know he was in the residence at the time of the shooting," said Sgt. Patrick Webb. "We know he is involved somehow."

The two officers, Const. Sheldon Shah and Const. Sidney Gaudette, are recovering in Edmonton hospitals with non-life-threatening wounds.

Shah and Gaudette were at the house with two other officers to execute a search warrant for a .45-calibre handgun, which CBC News has learned was owned by Sawyer Robison.

Court documents obtained by CBC News state that Justin Butcher, a friend of Robison, is alleged to have used the gun last Friday to threaten a woman at a rural property near Hardisty.

The charges against Butcher were sworn by Const. Shah.

RCMP believe Robison is armed and may be a threat to police officers.

"Everything we have points that he has at least one long-barrelled firearm, maybe two, maybe more, maybe other weapons," said Webb.  

"But at the same time, everything that we've got so far also points to the fact that he really does not have an issue with the general public or any particular person.

"He does have an issue with obviously the RCMP looking for him now and basically authority figures," he said.

Police follow up on tips

Police said Robison likely escaped from the home following the shooting, but before the house was surrounded by officers and tactical units.

"We had the residence actually contained fairly shortly after it started off, but there was a time gap," said Webb.

"You can't get everybody there at the same instant. So it was not until we actually went into the residence yesterday and found out the only occupant was one deceased male.… That's when we knew he was somewhere else."

RCMP believe Sawyer Robison might be driving a black, 2000 Chevrolet Silverado with Alberta licence plate number UZE 545. (RCMP)

Police have 15 investigators following up on tips from the public, said Webb.

The Mounties are now checking locations in the province that Robison has been known to frequent.

Robison is described as having a fit appearance, being six-foot-two and about 200 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

He is likely driving a black 2000 Chevrolet Silverado with Alberta licence plate number UZE 545.