RCMP releases sketches, description of rural Sask. murder suspects
RCMP has released forensic sketches and descriptions of suspects they believe were involved in a burglary that ended in a man fatally shot and an injured woman on Friday morning.
Esterhazy and Broadview RCMP were called to a home near Round Lake, about 20 kilometers south of Stockholm, Sask., and Esterhazy, Sask., just before 4 a.m. CST, police said, shortly before 4 a.m. CST.
Investigators determined that a man who lived in the home who was shot was then found dead at the scene. A woman was injured and taken to the hospital.
Four schools in Good Spirit School Division No. 204 on Friday were placed on hold-and-secure, which is carried out when an emergency occurs outside of a school but unrelated to it. It was overturned later that day.
Two nearby First Nation communities were also enforcing forms of lockdown.
Police have now released descriptions of the three men they believe were involved in the incident.
The descriptions of the suspects
The first is estimated to be in his 20s, about 6 feet tall, weighs about 180-200 pounds and is slim.
According to police, he was wearing a black hat and a dark work jacket with a light “Sherpa” lining.
Police say he wore a thin neck warmer on his face but may have a tattoo on his lower stomach and either a piercing, scar or missing hair on his left eyebrow.
The second suspect is believed to be older than the first suspect, about 5’7″ tall and weighing about 210 pounds.
He also wore a face covering – a black balaclava – and had what police called a scanty moustache.
The man also had a small pointed tattoo near the corner of his left eye – police say it could have been a teardrop or an arrow – and another tattoo that was partially visible under the balaclava near the upper left cheekbone.
The third suspect was shorter than the other two men but weighed around 200 to 240 pounds.
His face was also covered by a thin neck warmer and he wore a beanie hat.
Police say he was wearing a no-zip hoodie believed to be from the Red Dragon Apparel brand.
A burglary investigation is ongoing
Police said in a press release on Sunday the details of the murder were still being investigated, but the men allegedly stole three long-barreled firearms and a “significant amount” of ammunition from the victim’s home.
Investigators determined that the suspects drove to the scene in a vehicle and remained inside after stealing the homeowner’s vehicle and setting it on fire. The burned car was found abandoned on a nearby grid road.
Police say they don’t know the whereabouts or description of the suspect vehicle, but say it was traveling east and west of the intersection of Highways 637 and 9 after the murder.
RCMP says there will continue to be an increased police presence in the area as the investigation continues.
Police are also asking anyone with information or who knows who the suspects are to call RCMP. Police had previously asked people with camera security systems in the area to review their footage for anything that might help investigators.