Fraudulent Go-Fund-Me account tries to raise money off Mountie’s death

The family of a Mountie who was killed on duty Saturday has informed Saskatchewan RCMP a fraudulent Go-Fund-Me page has been created in the name of Constable Patton. RCMP advise the public to not give money to this account in the name of Sam Joseph or promote this account’s activities. RCMP have advised Go-Fund-Me the account is fraudulent.

On June 12, 2021, an Indian Head RCMP officer, Constable Shelby Patton, died in the line of duty while following two suspects who were driving a stolen pick-up truck from Manitoba.A man and a woman from Winnipeg, Man., have been arrested and charged.

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The notification to Cst. Patton’s Next of Kin was completed by Assistant-Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore, with the assistance of the Indian Head RCMP Detachment Commander and Saskatchewan RCMP Chaplain. Ongoing support is also being provided to members of the Indian Head Detachment and the members of the community who assisted Cst. Patton.

Assistant-Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore, Commanding Officer of the Saskatchewan RCMP, said Sunday:

“We have received an outpouring of support and condolence messages in person, in writing and on social media from across Canada and beyond. These messages help us through this difficult time. I would like to thank everyone who took the time to let us know they share our grief. Our thoughts remain with the family, friends, colleagues and community of Constable Patton.”

If you would like to send messages of support and/or condolences to the wife, family, friends, colleagues and community of Constable Patton, please send them to: RCMP.Condolences-Condoleances.GRC@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

The investigation into the death of Constable Shelby Patton continues and the family has asked for privacy.

 

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