Letter: Revelstoke RCMP thank community for support during manhunt

Staff-Sgt. Kurt Grabinsky of the Revelstoke RCMP thanks community for support while they searched for Sheldon Kyle Thunderblanket.

Staff-Sgt. Kurt Grabinsky of the Revelstoke RCMP addresses the media following last week's manhunt for Sheldon Kyle Thunderblanket.

Staff-Sgt. Kurt Grabinsky of the Revelstoke RCMP addresses the media following last week's manhunt for Sheldon Kyle Thunderblanket.

Editor,

On Tuesday, October 11, an RCMP Officer with the RCMP Trans-Canada East Traffic Services was shot while responding to a possible theft. The incident happened on the Trans-Canada Highway, near the scales at Donald. The police response involved many units, including the Revelstoke RCMP detachment, as the events happened approximately eight km east of Revelstoke.

The police officers and staff of the Revelstoke detachment wish to thank everyone who has reached out to offer words of support for the injured officer, as well as their appreciation offered for our efforts to keep the community safe. Police continue to investigate what led to the events of that day.

I wish to also thank all those motorists who patiently waited along the highway during the incident and during the investigation as we processed the scene. The safety of motorists, and that of the general public, was our top priority. The RCMP and its partners will also continue to examine ways to improve communications with motorists in situations involving extended road closures. Though every incident is different, I assure you we rely on the good will, assistance and patience of the public in order to do the best job for our community.

Further I wish to thank the residents who were displaced from their homes during the incident. As frustrating as the situation must have been, these decisions were made to maximize the safety of the community.

Staff-Sgt. Kurt Grabinsky,

Revelstoke RCMP