A Winnipeg man arrested after a Saskatchewan RCMP officer was killed Saturday has a record of violence directed at justice officials, court records show.

A Winnipeg man arrested after a Saskatchewan RCMP officer was killed Saturday has a record of violence directed at justice officials, court records show.

Alphonse Stanley Traverse, 41, and co-accused Marlene Velma Louise Pagee, 42, were arrested outside Francis, Sask., just hours after RCMP Const. Shelby Patton was struck by a suspected stolen truck in Wolseley, Sask.

RCMP Const. Shelby Patton is shown in this undated handout photo, was struck and killed by a truck he pulled over in rural Saskatchewan on Saturday morning. (RCMP)

RCMP Const. Shelby Patton is shown in this undated handout photo, was struck and killed by a truck he pulled over in rural Saskatchewan on Saturday morning. (RCMP)

Patton, 26, died at the scene.

Traverse and Pagee appeared in Regina court Monday, charged with manslaughter and other offences in relation to Patton’s death. They remain in custody.

In 2009, Traverse was sentenced to just over 4 1/2 years in prison for his involvement in a home invasion targeting a Manitoba Crown attorney.

According to court records, Traverse was one of four men who used a stolen van to get to the prosecutor’s Winnipeg home at around 6:45 a.m., March 31, 2007.

The lawyer, unable to sleep after receiving a death threat over the phone a day earlier, heard the group trying to force open the front entry and screamed for help from her husband, who tried to barricade the door with his shoulder.

Traverse and his three co-accused ran to the back door and forced their way inside. The lawyer’s husband picked up a board and began swinging at the home invaders, all of whom fled, one of them yelling: "You’re going to be shot."

Court at the time heard allegations the home invasion was tied to another accused arrested for threatening the lawyer after he was sentenced to five years in prison for robbery.

A makeshift memorial for Const. Shelby Patton is laid out beside the Indian Head RCMP detachment in Indian Head, Sask., on Sunday.  (Kayle Neis / The Canadian Press)

A makeshift memorial for Const. Shelby Patton is laid out beside the Indian Head RCMP detachment in Indian Head, Sask., on Sunday. (Kayle Neis / The Canadian Press)

Traverse’s criminal record includes multiple convictions for assault, breaking and entering, and breaching court orders — offences, court has been told, that are directly tied to an ongoing alcohol addiction.

According to a 2015 pre-sentence report, Traverse began drinking at age eight, with alcohol becoming "a problem" by the time he was 12.

"I’m dealing with my addiction everyday when I’m out there," Traverse told a judge sentencing him in 2017 for assaulting a movie theatre employee with a shoe.

"It’s hard for me to stay on track, but I always keep in the back of my mind: stay sober, and enjoy life on the street, instead of always being in jail."

In 2015, Traverse was sentenced to 20 months in jail, after he pleaded guilty to an alcohol-fuelled break-and-enter and assault.

At the time of Patton's death, a warrant had been issued for Traverse’s arrest for several offences dating to October 2019, including theft, possession of stolen property, theft of an automobile, and impaired driving.

Traverse had been out of jail just one day when, on June 11, 2014, he pitched a rock through the door of Ken’s Restaurant on Ellice Avenue, broke inside, grabbed a "butcher-style" knife and threatened kitchen staff.

Witnesses described the man as being in a "crazed state." Traverse returned outside and knocked a passerby off his scooter, giving him a concussion, before Traverse was arrested by police.

At the time of Patton's death, a warrant had been issued for Traverse’s arrest for several offences dating to October 2019, including theft, possession of stolen property, theft of an automobile, and impaired driving.

Pagee, meanwhile, is set to stand trial in July on a number of charges, including possession of stolen property, drug possession, unauthorized possession of a weapon and breaching court orders.

Last month, a judge fined Pagee $298 for driving without a licence. A drug charge was stayed, after a male occupant in her vehicle claimed responsibility for the drugs, court heard.

In 2006, Pagee was fined $1,900 after she pleaded guilty to flight from police, impaired driving and possession of a stolen vehicle.

dean.pritchard@freepress.mb.ca

Dean Pritchard

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