Saskatchewan Amber Alert suspect in custody, facing murder charge

A charge of first-degree murder has been laid against a man arrested after the fatal shooting of a teenage boy and the abduction of his girlfriend in northern Saskatchewan.

CREIGHTON, Sask. — A charge of first-degree murder has been laid against a man arrested after the fatal shooting of a teenage boy and the abduction of his girlfriend in northern Saskatchewan.

Police say Jonas Budd, 43, surrendered late Thursday evening in Sturgeon Landing, Sask., close to the Manitoba boundary.

“At approximately 10:30 p.m., Budd was taken into custody without incident.” said RCMP Sgt. Craig Cleary.

Officers had maintained a perimeter around the home of Budd’s brother for nearly a day. They had been communicating with Budd to try to bring about his surrender. Cleary says the Mounties had a strong presence at the site.

“There were in excess of 40 members. We had multiple units attending from Saskatchewan and Manitoba. If I’m not mistaken, we also had members from Alberta assisting us.”

Besides the murder charge, Budd is facing six other counts, including kidnapping with a weapon, uttering threats, break and enter, plus three weapons-related offences.

The search for Budd began Wednesday after Dustin Bird, 17, was fatally shot in Lac La Ronge, Sask.

An Amber Alert was issued for his girlfriend, Kayla Natomagan, a 17-year-old resident of the Lac La Ronge First Nation.

The alert was cancelled when she was found unharmed near Cranberry Portage in Manitoba, about 450 kilometres from her home.

Tammy Cook-Searson, chief of the Lac La Ronge First Nation, has said Budd is the former boyfriend of Natomagan’s mother, who had a restraining order against him.

Budd’s sister, Joyce, posted a note on her Facebook site following his arrest. Her message read: “End of it. My brother is in custody. Thank you for the support to many family and friends and friends of Jonas’s and new friends made through this difficult time.”

Budd will appear in a La Ronge, Sask., courtroom on Monday.

Just Posted

WATCH: Make-A-Wish grants Star Wars loving teen’s wish

The Make-A-Wish Foundation granted Anakin Suerink’s wish in Red Deer Saturday afternoon

Person airlifted to hospital after collision near Innisfail

One person was airlifted to hospital after a serious collision west of… Continue reading

Sunny weather improves farmers’ prospects

A harvester kicking up dust. It’s a picture that will bring a… Continue reading

Rural transit pilot project being considered

Penhold, Innisfail and Red Deer County councils to decide whether to go ahead with project

‘Stupid’ law preventing Canada’s re-engagement with Iran: retired envoy

OTTAWA — The real reason the Liberal government hasn’t been able to… Continue reading

Voters head to polls for BC municipal elections today

VANCOUVER — Voters in British Columbia will head to the polls today… Continue reading

All sharks tagged in N.S. expedition can now be tracked on Ocearch website

HALIFAX — All six of the sharks tagged in Nova Scotian waters… Continue reading

Memorial service for former PQ minister Lise Payette today in Montreal

MONTREAL — Mourners will gather to remember former Parti Quebecois cabinet minister… Continue reading

Immunotherapy scores a first win against some breast cancers

For the first time, one of the new immunotherapy drugs has shown… Continue reading

‘Mom I’m in trouble:’ Canadian, Brit face 10 years in jail for alleged graffiti

GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alta. — The mother of a Canadian who was arrested… Continue reading

Coyote on the prowl near Penhold

This coyote was out on the prowl in a field just west… Continue reading

Most Read