EDMONTON - The security guard wanted in a deadly armoured car heist at the University of Alberta was arrested at gunpoint at the border between British Columbia and Washington State on Saturday evening, a sum of money with him in his truck.

The takedown of Travis Baumgartner, at the Lynden, Wash., border crossing southwest of Abbotsford, B.C., brought to an end a 36-hour manhunt — at least 11 of which the murder suspect must have spent on the road evading capture.

Employees at the nearby duty-free shop said they watched part of the arrest from their front window.

A worker who would only give her first name, Adrienne, said she saw two border patrol vehicles with lights flashing and officers standing outside with their guns drawn. She said she didn't hear any shots fired. Nobody in the store knew what it was about until a reporter called.

"It's pretty scary," she said. "Luckily nothing here happened."

Police had been looking for Baumgartner since early Friday when four guards with G4S Cash Solutions Canada were gunned down, three of them fatally.

Police said earlier Saturday they had received no tips on his whereabouts and their search had spread internationally.

Baumgartner apparently didn't switch vehicles during his time on the lam. The 21-year-old was found driving the same dark blue Ford F-150 in which police believe he left Edmonton, with his mother's Alberta licence plate on the back.

Edmonton police Sgt. Dave Reitzel said Baumgartner was alone when arrested. There was money in the truck, but Reitzel wouldn't say how much. Police said earlier that he had a "substantial" sum with him. There was no immediate word on his unaccounted for work pistol and bulletproof vest and whether they were found in the truck.

Insp. Bob Hassel released a statement extending his gratitude to those involved in the arrest.

"We’re grateful to the border officials at Lynden, Washington, for their excellent work in arresting a man we believe was armed and extremely dangerous," he said.

A news conference was planned for Sunday afternoon.

Police have said Baumgartner was the fifth member of an armoured car crew that was re-loading bank machines at a university mall and residence building where the shooting happened.

An armoured car was found after the shooting halfway across the city, not far from the G4S depot. It was running and had its lights on when discovered by police.

Baumgartner is facing three counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder. Officials were on the way to pick up the prisoner and his pick-up truck and bring them back to Edmonton, police said.

Eddie Rejano, Michelle Shegelski and Brian Ilesic have been identified as the guards who died. Matthew Schuman was still listed in critical condition Saturday.

G4S thanked police in a news release.

"We applaud the dedication of the Edmonton Police Service and other law enforcement agencies in apprehending Travis Baumgartner today," said spokeswoman Robin Steinberg. "Our thoughts remain with the families and friends of the victims and also with the Baumgartner family.

"We will continue to co-operate fully with the Edmonton Police Service, while conducting our own detailed investigation into the incident."

Baumgartner lives with his mother, Sandy Baumgartner, in Sherwood Park, a bedroom community just east of Edmonton. She had released a statement during the manhunt pleading for her boy to turn himself in "to end this without further bloodshed."

Details that have emerged about Baumgartner's life are contrasting.

Friends say he had designs on being a police officer, but settled into a job with G4S a few months ago after deciding he didn't have what it takes for law enforcement.

In an online dating profile, he says he is a "great guy" who is laid back and has a "10" physique.

But his Facebook page is much darker, quoting the anarchist Joker from the movie "Dark Knight" and musing about "popping people off."

While police searched for him Saturday, details continued to emerge about his colleagues.

Rejano, 39, also aspired to be a police officer and was a competitive target shooter who worked a second job as a gun range officer at the Wild West Shooting Centre at West Edmonton Mall.

"He liked the aspects of protecting individuals and taking care of the community," said Yanira Sale, a co-worker at the gun range.

She added that can't believe the father of two young boys is gone. She keeps thinking he is going to walk through the door to start work.

"It hasn't really sunk in," she said. "It's pretty shocking and the manner in which it happened has affected us the most. It should never have happened."

Shegelski was 26 and had recently married. Her husband, coincidentally, is a student at the University of Alberta.

Brian Ilesic was 35 and had a 12-year-old daughter.

Working at G4S is Schuman's second job. He is also a corporal in the military and works as an Air Force firefighter at the base in Edmonton.

Earlier on HuffPost:

Edmonton Police Service Report:

Travis Baumgartner, wanted on Canada-wide warrants on three counts of first degree murder and one count of attempted murder, was arrested today, Saturday, June 16, 2012, by U.S. border officials in Washington State, following an intense 36-hour manhunt initiated by the Edmonton Police Service.

Baumgartner, 21, was arrested while attempting to cross into the United States at the Lynden, Washington U.S.-Canada border, south of Abbotsford, B.C. Supt. Bob Hassel, of EPS’s Criminal Investigations Division, confirmed the arrest, noting Baumgartner was arrested while driving his dark blue Ford F-150.

“We’re hearing the vehicle still had his mother’s licence plate (CAA 636) on it,” said Hassel. “We’re grateful to the border officials at Lynden, Washington, for their excellent work in arresting a man we believe was armed and extremely dangerous.”

Police officials are on their way to bring Baumgartner and the truck back to Edmonton.

News of Baumgartner’s arrest has brought some level of solace and relief to the G4S family, still in a state of shock on the heels of Friday’s shootings.

“We applaud the dedication of the Edmonton Police Service, and other law enforcement agencies in apprehending Travis Baumgartner today,” said Robin Steinberg of G4S Cash Solutions (Canada). “Our thoughts remain with the families and friends of the victims and also with the Baumgartner family.

“We will continue to cooperate fully with the Edmonton Police Service, while conducting our own detailed investigation into the incident.”

“Once again, we would like to thank our customers, employees and the community in general for their continuing support during this difficult time."

No further comment will be made on this arrest tonight.

A media availability will be held Sunday, June 17, 2012 at 1 p.m. in the Atrium at EPS Headquarters.

EPS launched an international manhunt with multiple policing organizations collaborating across numerous borders in a concerted effort to locate Baumgartner, the primary suspect in an armed robbery at the University of Alberta, Friday, July 15, 2012. Police believe the 21-year-old fellow armoured guard shot and killed three of his armoured guard colleagues and put a fourth guard in hospital with life-threatening injuries.


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  • In this artist's sketch, Travis Baumgartner appears in an Edmonton courtroom, Thursday, June 21, 2012. Baumgartner, an armoured car guard accused of gunning down three of his crewmates during a robbery at the University of Alberta, has been forbidden to have any contact with a long list of people, including his parents.

  • Michelle Shegelski is shown in a photo from a Facebook page entitled "Dedicated To The G4S Armored Car Guards RIP." She was one of three guards killed in the shooting. Henrietta Shegelski of Lac du Bonnet, Man., confirmed the female victim was her daughter-in-law, Michelle Shegelski, who was in her mid-20s.

  • Eddie Rejano is shown in a photo taken from a Facebook page entitled "Dedicated To The G4S Armored Car Guards RIP." Rejano, one of three armoured car guards shot and killed during a robbery at the University of Alberta, aspired to be a police officer.

  • Travis Baumgartner

    Travis Baumgartner is taken out of a van by Canadian Border Services officers at the Aldergrove, British Columbia border crossing, Saturday, June 16, 2012. Baumgartner was stopped by customs at the United States border as he tried to enter the U.S. Baumgartner is wanted in a deadly armored car heist at a university in western Canada that left three armed guards dead, Friday. (AP Photo/Jonathan Hayward, The Canadian Press)

  • The pickup truck belonging to Travis Baumgartner is loaded onto a flabed truck by officers at the Aldergrove, B.C. border crossing, Saturday, June 16, 2012. Baumgartner was stopped by customs at the United States border as he tried to enter the U.S. Baumgartner allegedly shot and killed three G4S guards during a robery in Edmonton on Friday.

  • Edmonton Police Services Chief Rod Knecht (right) and G4S Secure Solutions president and CEO Jean Tallion arrive at a press conference regarding the arrest of Travis Brandon Baumgartner in Edmonton, Alta., on Monday, June 18, 2012. Police in Edmonton say the accused is co-operating with investigators.

  • Travis Brandon Baumgartner, 21, is shown in a police photo released on Friday June 15, 2012. Police say the man wanted in a deadly armoured car heist at the University of Alberta has been arrested. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO

  • Forensics officers inspect the scene after three people where killed in a shoot out in an attempted armed robbery of an armoured car at the HUB Mall on campus of the University of Alberta in Edmonton on Friday, June 15, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ian Jackson

  • Memorial flowers are left at the operations offices of G4S, a security company, in Edmonton, Alberta, on June 16, 2012. Three people where killed in a shoot out after an attempted armed robbery at a student residence called the HUB mall at the University of Alberta on June 15, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ian Jackson

  • Employees of G4S, a security company, leave the company's offices as police secure an armoured vehicle left near the G4S office believed to be used in an attempted armed robbery in the Hub Mall area on the campus of the University of Alberta in Edmonton on Friday, June 15, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ian Jackson

  • Police investigate the scene after three people were killed in an apparent attempted armed robbery at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada on Friday, June 15, 2012. The robbery happened in the Hub Mall area, which is a combination of student residences and 54 shops. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ian Jackson)

  • Police investigate the scene after three people were killed in an apparent attempted armed robbery at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada on Friday, June 15, 2012. The robbery happened in the Hub Mall area, which is a combination of student residences and 54 shops. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ian Jackson)

  • Police investigate the scene after three people were killed in an apparent attempted armed robbery near the HUB Mall area on the campus of the University of Alberta in Edmonton on Friday, June 15, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ian Jackson



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