Golden shooting suspect in police custody after coordinated manhunt

Revelstoke Mayor Mark McKee confirmed Sheldon Kyle Thunderblanket was found near Revelstoke and is in police custody.

  • Wed Oct 12th, 2016 5:00am
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The hunt for a man wanted in connection with a murder in Saskatchewan and a police shooting that left an officer injured near Golden is over.

Revelstoke Mayor Mark McKee confirmed Sheldon Kyle Thunderblanket was found near Revelstoke and is in police custody.

Thunderblanket was wanted in connection with a murder in Little Pine First Nation, Saskatchewan Monday night.

On Tuesday afternoon, he was stopped at a police road stop about 25 kilometres west of Golden. He fired at police, injuring an officer, and fled in another stolen vehicle. The officer experience non-life-threatening injuries.

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RCMP said on Wednesday morning they were looking for Sheldon Kyle Thunderblanket, who is considered armed and dangerous. A warrant is out for his arrest in connection with a murder in Little Pine First Nation, Saskatchewan, on Monday night.

He is described as an aboriginal male, about 5’6″ tall, 209 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Anyone that sees him is asked to contact police by dialing 911 immediately.

The search was focused on Revelstoke’s Johnson Heights neighbourhood, near where the man’s vehicle was found.

Police said they found his vehicle about three kilometres east of Revelstoke. They launched a major search with helicopters, dogs and tactical teams but by nightfall the man was still at large.

Search efforts are currently within a 4 kilometre area east of Revelstoke.

The search was sparked after a incident yesterday where a Golden police officer was shot after pulling Thunderblanket over in connection with a stolen vehicle.

The injured RCMP officer remains in hospital at this time.

*With files from Alex Cooper, Revelstoke Review