Guard opens eyes, squeezes wife’s hand

The wife of a guard who survived a deadly armoured car robbery in Edmonton says her husband has opened his eyes at least once and squeezed her hand. In a statement Tuesday, Jennifer Schuman said her husband, Matthew Schuman, remains in critical but stable condition in hospital after the shooting early Friday morning. “I was in absolute shock when I received the phone call at 1 a.m. that Matthew was involved in an accident. My focus was on getting to the hospital and being by his side,” she said.

EDMONTON — The wife of a guard who survived a deadly armoured car robbery in Edmonton says her husband has opened his eyes at least once and squeezed her hand.

In a statement Tuesday, Jennifer Schuman said her husband, Matthew Schuman, remains in critical but stable condition in hospital after the shooting early Friday morning.

“I was in absolute shock when I received the phone call at 1 a.m. that Matthew was involved in an accident. My focus was on getting to the hospital and being by his side,” she said.

“Sunday evening was the first time that he opened his eyes and squeezed my hand. Shortly thereafter he went back to sleep. We remain cautiously optimistic that his condition will improve.”

Matthew Schuman was one of five G4S security guards loading a bank machine at the University of Alberta when shots rang out.

Four guards were shot. Eddie Rejano, 39, Michelle Shegelski, 26, and Brian Ilesic, 35, died.

Police have said the fifth guard was Travis Baumgartner. The 21-year-old was arrested at a U.S. border crossing near Abbotsford, B.C., on the weekend. Police say he was carrying $330,000 in a backpack.

“I was very relieved to hear that the attacker was captured and I was pleased that he was alive in hopes that he co-operates and explains his actions, because he has affected so many lives,” Jennifer Schuman said.

“His actions have angered an entire country, and I hope that at one point he can comprehend the level of damage he has done.”

Baumgartner was to be returned to Edmonton this week where he is expected to be formally charged with three counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder. None of those charges has been proven in court.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Westerner Park asks the city for up to $3.5 million to continue operating

The city has already given Westerner Park $1 million in emergency funding

86-year-old shaves his head to raise money for Red Deer Food Bank

Red Deer resident Art Nichols, who shaved his head recently to raise… Continue reading

NHL says 5% of players have tested positive for COVID-19 at voluntary workouts

NEW YORK — The NHL says 35 players have tested positive for… Continue reading

Tories, NDP lay out demands as Liberals prepare to reveal state of economy

OTTAWA — Opposition parties have laid out their demands as the federal… Continue reading

QUIZ: A celebration of dogs

These are the dog days of summer. How much do you know about dogs?

David Marsden: Leave the financial stimulus to private industry

So, you’ve heard the announcement about the economic stimulus that is much… Continue reading

Sylvan Lake woman distressed after cat shot at with pellet gun, loses its eye

Warning: Photo may be disturbing to some. Evelina Cornell’s cat Ms Grey was shot in the face and hip

Flood of people are expected to flee Hong Kong clampdown

“We will grant BNOs five years’ limited leave to remain (in the… Continue reading

Canadian Taylor Pendrith one shot back heading into final round

BERTHOUD, Colo. — Canadian Taylor Pendrith is in contention for his first… Continue reading

Five things to watch as Blue Jays open training camp in Toronto

Most MLB players are beginning their summer training camps Friday in preparation… Continue reading

Theatre star Nick Cordero dies at 41 after months of complications from COVID-19

TORONTO — Hamilton-raised theatre star Nick Cordero, who had legions of supporters… Continue reading

Spaghetti Western movie composer Ennio Morricone dead at 91

ROME — Ennio Morricone, the Oscar-winning Italian composer who created the coyote-howl… Continue reading

P.E.I. reports three new COVID-19 cases, including one seniors’ residence employee

CHARLOTETOWN, P.E.I. — Prince Edward Island reported new COVID-19 cases for the… Continue reading

Most Read