December 5, 2014 3:08 pm

UPDATE: Suspect charged in shooting of Kamloops RCMP officer


The man accused of shooting a Mountie in Kamloops on Wednesday has been identified.

36-year-old Kenneth Michael Knutson has been charged for attempted murder in the shooting of Cpl. Jean Rene Michaud.

In total, Knutson is facing four charges. Three other people were arrested after Knutson in connection to the shooting, but they have not been charged yet.

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Michaud was shot at about 3 a.m. on Dec. 3 during a traffic stop in a residential area. A search for a suspect ensued, before Knutson was arrested hours later.

READ MORE: 36-year-old man arrested in Kamloops RCMP shooting

Michaud is currently in critical but stable condition. He underwent a second surgery last night and remains in intensive care.

Knutson has an extensive criminal past, including a lifetime firearms ban and a second-degree murder charge. The second-degree murder charge was in 2002, in connection to the death of 21-year-old Christopher Lesniak in Coquitlam.

However, the charge was later downgraded to manslaughter after Knutson pleaded guilty to criminal negligence causing death.

In 2009, he was convicted of three firearms charges after being found by Surrey RCMP wearing body armour and carrying a number of restricted firearms and marijuana.

He was sentenced to two years in jail and given a lifetime firearms ban, and hadn’t had a criminal charge since.

WATCH: Kamloops RCMP Supt. Brad Mueller said in a press conference yesterday that the suspect was known to police and arrested.

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