KILLAM — Police have found the truck linked to the shooting of two Alberta Mounties southeast of Edmonton last week and they say a .50-calibre sniper rifle was stashed inside.
RCMP were looking for the black Chevy Silverado after witnesses said it was used by Sawyer Robison to leave the scene of a house near Killam, where the two officers were shot Feb. 7.
It was found amid various vehicles and pieces of farm machinery in a farmyard near the town about 160 kilometres southeast of Edmonton.
The rifle was hidden inside, police say. It was not loaded, but a police dog team found a loaded .50-calibre magazine a short distance away. That type of rifle is considered to have a maximum effective range of about 1.8 kilometres.
Police say information from the public helped them find the truck, which is now being examined in Red Deer. Police and police dogs were continuing to search the area for more weapons, ammunition, or evidence.
Robison turned himself in to police nearly three days after the shootings. RCMP credit an emotional plea from the 27-year-old’s parents for the peaceful arrest.
Robison was initially described as simply a “person of interest” in the shooting, but he now faces charges on two counts of attempted murder. Mounties have not said whether they believe he fired any shots.
Robison’s flight began after four officers went to a rural residence outside Killam to execute a search warrant for an illegal handgun. RCMP have said a domestic assault days earlier in a nearby town led them to the search for the gun.
Few details have been released about what happened, but shots were fired and two Mounties were wounded. They are recovering in an Edmonton hospital.
Police didn’t enter the residence again until early the next morning. Inside, they found a dead man later identified as Brad Clarke, Robison’s uncle and housemate. What happened to him has not been explained by police.
Several weapons were later taken by police from the property.