After an intense 36-hour manhunt following the killing of three security guards and the wounding of a fourth, Travis Brandon Baumgartner was arrested attempting to cross into Washington state from British Columbia.
As reported by Digital Journal, shots rang out early Friday morning at the HUB Mall located on the campus of the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Three security guards, employees of G4S Security, were killed and a fourth was critically injured.
Later that morning, the Edmonton Police Service announced they had a person of interest in the shootings. Baumgartner, 21, was also a G4S employee and was believed to be at the HUB Mall when the killings took place. Police released a picture of Baumgartner as well as a description of the truck he was believed to be driving.
Baumgartner was taken into custody at the Lynden, Washington border crossing located just east of Vancouver. When the back of his truck was scanned with a licence-plate reader, an "armed-and-dangerous" alarm went off. Baumgartner was arrested without incident.
Mike Milne, of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, was quoted in the Winnipeg Free Press as saying, "A search of the vehicle revealed an excess of $300,000 in Canadian currency. The final number is still to be determined there."
Baumgartner was unarmed when captured and no weapons were found in his truck; the same truck Edmonton police initially announced he was driving.
Baumgartner did not have a passport, a requirement to gain admission to the United States, and he attempted to cross the border with just his Alberta's driver's licence. A surprised Tom Schreiber, also a member of the of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, was quoted by CBC as saying, "Sometimes you have to scratch your head and wonder why people would knowingly come up and make contact with law enforcement. Maybe he thought he would be able to get through—I don't know."
After spending some time in American custody, Baumgartner was brought back to Canada by the RCMP who will keep him in custody pending his return to Edmonton.
Yesterday, G4S issued a statement thanking the Edmonton police and other law enforcement agencies for the quick apprehension of Baumgartner. The company also advised they are conducting their own investigation into the shootings and are cooperating with the Edmonton police.
Baumgartner faces three counts of first-degree murder, attempted murder, and robbery.