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Suspect in shooting of two Alberta Mounties arrested

Sawyer Clarke Robison, age 27, is pictured in this handout photo.


A man wanted in the shooting of two Alberta RCMP officers has been arrested without incident.

Police say Sawyer Clarke Robison, 27, was taken into custody in a rural area southeast of Edmonton.

He faces two charges of attempted murder.

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Mr. Robison had been on the run since Tuesday afternoon when the officers were shot while executing a search warrant for a gun on his family farm near Killam, about 160 kilometres southeast of Edmonton.

He was initially considered a person of interest, but late Wednesday RCMP charged him with two counts of attempted murder and issued a Canada-wide arrest warrant.

Mr. Robison's capture came less than 24 hours after his father made a quiet plea through the media for his fugitive son to turn himself in.

"We want to have you back and we know how hard it may be for you to come back to us," Ray Robison said.

"Swallow your hurt and listen to the quiet world."

RCMP said a previous domestic violence call in a nearby town led them to the search for the gun on Tuesday.

Four officers arrived at the property and shortly after constables Sheldon Shah and Sidney Gaudette walked into the house, shots were fired. Both Mounties were hit, but managed to make it back outside where they were taken away.

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Police have said Mr. Robison was inside the house during the shooting. He drove away in a black pickup truck.

His uncle, Brad Clarke, was found dead inside following a lengthy standoff. Several weapons were seized from the property.

Several people who live in the area have described the entire family as artistic, friendly and quiet — "normal farm people."

And they're shocked they could be wrapped up in such a mess.

"All I know is if that family was involved, something had to go terribly wrong," said resident Cheryl Stewart. "None of this makes sense."

Sawyer Robison worked as a professional photographer for his business, Warthog Photography, specializing in the arts and portraiture. He also played drums in a band with his family and they often jammed with other musicians and played at family functions.

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