RCMP say they've surrounded man wanted in killing, abduction

Officers have maintained a perimeter around the home of the man's brother in Sturgeon Landing, Saskatchewan for nearly a day

CREIGHTON, Sask. – Police are still surrounding a property where they are communicating with a man suspected in the fatal shooting of a teenager and the abduction of the young man’s 17-year-old girlfriend in northern Saskatchewan.

Officers have maintained a perimeter around the home of Jonas Budd’s brother in Sturgeon Landing, close to the Manitoba boundary, for nearly a day.

RCMP Sgt. Craig Cleary says officers are trying to resolve the situation peacefully, though Budd’s sister Joyce says her brother has already communicated to police that he wants to surrender.

The search for Jonas Budd began in Manitoba and Saskatchewan on Wednesday after Dustin Bird was fatally shot.

An Amber Alert was issued for his girlfriend, 17-year-old Kayla Natomagan of the Lac La Ronge First Nation.

That was cancelled when she was found unharmed near Cranberry Portage in Manitoba, about 450 kilometres from her home.

Tammy Cook-Searson, chief of the Lac La Ronge First Nation, has said Budd is the former boyfriend of Natomagan’s mother, who had a restraining order against him.

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