Accused facing upgraded murder charge in death of Saskatchewan RCMP officer

Cop killing murder charge

A man accused of killing a Saskatchewan RCMP officer during a traffic stop is now facing a murder charge.

The Crown has upgraded a charge of manslaughter against Alphonse Stanley Traverse to first-degree-murder.

Marlene Velma Louise Pagee was also charged with manslaughter in the case.

Crown Prosecutor Adam Breker says he anticipates later today changing the charge against Pagee to being an accessory after the fact.

Const. Shelby Patton died in June after he was hit by a vehicle in the town of Wolseley, east of Regina.

RCMP have said the 26-year-old, who was stationed at the nearby Indian Head detachment, had stopped a suspected stolen truck before he was killed.

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