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article imageSuspect in Mountie shooting named, charged with attempted murder

By Marcus Hondro     Dec 4, 2014 in Crime
A 36-year-old man has been charged in the shooting of a 13-year-veteran of the RCMP. Kenneth Michael Knutson faces multiple charges including discharging a firearm with intent to endanger life. Three women were also taken into custody.
The Criminal Justice Branch said Knutson faces four charges: aggravated assault of a peace officer, possession of a firearm while prohibited and discharging a firearm with intent to wound, maim, disfigure or endanger life.
It is alleged that he shot Corporal Jean-René Michaud, 40, during a traffic stop in a Kamloops neighborhood about at 2:45 a.m. on Wednesday morning, before speeding off. The other officer on the scene returned fire and the suspect was hit in the arm, police said. Meanwhile, the wounded officer, a husband and father to two children, remains in hospital.
"Cpl. Michaud remains in critical but stable condition in intensive care and is expected to undergo further surgery," RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Chery Bush told media Thursday. "The incredible amount of support being offered to Kamloops RCMP and Cpl. Michaud's family is both overwhelming and heartwarming."
There had been reports that the suspect had been badly wounded yesterday during his arrest but is not the case. His arm is wounded but police believe that happened during the exchange of gunfire that occurred after Cpl. Michaud was shot.
A team of investigators from the Independent Investigations Office (IIO) was going to go from Vancouver to Kamloops to conduct an investigation into the suspect's injury but they have confirmed that the wound is not major and will not investigate.
It's unclear if the three women in custody were in the vehicle at the time of the shooting. One of the women will be held on outstanding warrants but the RCMP have not determined if they'll lay charges against the other two.
Cpl. Bush said the vehicle they believe the suspect was driving has been seized and forensics is examining it for clues. The suspect was known to police and has a lengthy criminal record, including a conviction for criminal negligence causing death.
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