December 4, 2014 3:40 pm
Updated: December 4, 2014 3:42 pm

Man accused of shooting Mountie injured

RCMP officers take down police tape in Kamloops, B.C. on Wednesday Dec. 3, 2014. Police in Kamloops have arrested a suspect in the shooting of one of their officers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Kim Anderson


KAMLOOPS, B.C. – British Columbia’s police watchdog says a man accused of shooting a Mountie in Kamloops, B.C., sustained a gunshot injury to his arm during an exchange of gunfire with a second officer.

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The Independent Investigations Office is investigating the police-involved injury as the RCMP does its own probe into the shooting of its 40-year-old-officer.

Police have said Cpl. Jean Rene Michaud was shot at about 3 a.m. Wednesday during a traffic stop in a residential area.

A 36-year-old man known to police was arrested later that day after police had warned they were looking for a suspect, or several suspects, who were believed to be armed and dangerous.

The IIO says the injury to the suspect is belived to have happened during the early morning exchange of gunfire with police, which supports the involement of its office.

RCMP say a Mountie in a backup vehicle returned fire as Michaud went down and the suspect drove off.

The injured Mountie remains in critical but stable condition, and Supt. Brad Mueller says he was able to provide helpful information after having surgery.

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