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RCMP Kamloops – Police Continue Search for Suspects in Officer Shooting

An intensive search for the suspects involved in the shooting of a Kamloops RCMP officer on Wednesday morning continues.

Kamloops RCMP Detachment – On December 3, 2014 at 2:45 am, members of the Kamloops RCMP conducted a traffic stop on a white Chrysler Intrepid at Bachelor Drive and North River Drive when shots were fired. A member of the Kamloops RCMP suffered serious injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment. Officers exchanged gunfire but the suspect vehicle fled the scene.

An intensive search has been conducted and police have identified several suspects in connection with this event. The Kamloops RCMP have completed some evacuations of the affected area for public safety reasons and continue to work with residents for their safe egress from the area. A reception centre has been set up by emergency services at the Parkside Lounge at Interior Savings Centre for those residents who are affected.

Media reports of arrests made in this case are inaccurate but we will continue to work to bring updates as new information becomes available.

In consultation with his family, we can now confirm that the member who was shot in the incident is Cpl Jean Rene MICHAUD. He remains in critical but stable condition. The family and friends of Cpl MICHAUD, along with the RCMP, appreciate all of the well wishes that have been received for his speedy recovery. In order to assist Cpl MICHAUD and his family in their healing process, we ask that you respect their privacy at this time.

UPDATE #1

Kamloops RCMP are continuing their investigation into an incident that occurred at 2:45 am this morning, December 3rd where one of our officers was shot during a traffic stop. The officer was conducting a traffic stop at Bachelor Drive and North River Drive when shots were fired.

Our officer was transported to Royal Inland Hospital where he underwent emergency surgery. The officer is a 40 year male, with 13 years of experience. He is currently listed in critical condition and remains in intensive care. Our thoughts and prayers are with our colleague, his wife, young children and the rest of his family.

At the time of the incident our officer was wearing his full operational police uniform and was driving a fully marked RCMP vehicle. Preliminary information indicates that as the officer was approaching the suspect vehicle he was shot, a back up officer then returned fire on the suspect vehicle before it fled the scene.

similar vehicle to suspect vehicle – 4 door, white Chrysler Intrepid We are actively looking to apprehend the person(s) involved in this incident. There are multiple resources deployed towards this investigation The vehicle involved in the traffic stop is a 1998, 4 door, white Chrysler Intrepid with BC license plate AF765A. Police ask the public to call RCMP immediately if they see this vehicle and to consider any persons associated to it as being armed and dangerous.

We would like to advise the public and the media that as this dynamic search for a suspect continues; citizens may encounter roadways blocked off and police operations. We ask for your patience and please adhere to police directions provided to you at these locations.

BACKGROUND REPORT:

dodge-intrepidThe vehicle is described as a 1998, 4 door, white Chrysler Intrepid with BC license plate AF765A
Kamloops RCMP are at the scene of a police involved shooting incident that occurred at Bachelor Drive and North River Drive at approximately 2:45 am this morning, December 3, 2014.

An officer was attempting to conduct a traffic stop at that location when an exchange of gun fire occurred. The officer involved has been transported to Royal Inland Hospital and is currentlysimilar vehicle to suspect vehicle undergoing surgery for serious injuries. At this time the vehicle that police were attempting to stop and the occupants have not been located. The vehicle is described as a 1998, 4 door, white Chrysler Intrepid with BC license plate AF765A attached to it at the time.

This is an active and ongoing incident; police are asking the public to call if they see this vehicle. The persons associated to the vehicle should be considered armed and dangerous.

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