Fake car accident allowed undercover cops to meet murder suspect: trial

Published on April 19, 2017

CALGARY — Undercover officers investigating a man accused of killing his wife and burying her body in the basement of their home used a staged car accident to get his attention.

Allan Shyback is charged with second-degree murder and causing an indignity to a body in the death of Lisa Mitchell who was last seen in October 2012.

An undercover operation police launched in 2013 ended with Shyback's alleged confession and arrest in Winnipeg a year later.

The female officer in the sting told the court she and her partner damaged Shyback's parked car in Dec. 2013 — she waited until he returned to apologize for the accident and offered to pay for the damages.

It was the first of several meetings with the accused.

At one point, she said Shyback asked her out on a date but she told him she'd just got out of a bad relationship and had to take care of a sick mother.

She said Shyback wasn't offended and he indicated he had been in a bad relationship as well.

The Canadian Press