Conservation Officer Justin Knackstedt
Saskatchewan Environment and Resource Management
End of Watch: Friday, May 31, 2013
Tour of Duty: Not available
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault
Date of Incident: Friday, May 31, 2013
Weapon Used: Automobile; Alcohol involved
Suspect Info: Apprehended
Conservation Officer Justin Knackstedt was struck and killed by a vehicle on Highway 11, near Victor Road south of Saskatoon, at approximately 7:40 pm.
Officer Knackstedt and several other officers were diverting traffic at the scene of an earlier accident when RCMP constables received reports of a car being driven erratically in the area. A constable spotted the vehicle stopped in the backup from the earlier accident and made contact with the driver.
As the constable spoke with the driver the man suddenly drove into the area that was closed to traffic and struck Officer Knackstedt, killing him.
The driver continued to flee until crashing into a ditch. He was arrested and charged with dangerous driving causing death, criminal negligence causing death, impaired driving causing death, flight from a peace officer causing death, and failing to comply with a condition of an undertaking given to a peace officer.