Kamloops Mountie makes gradual return to work after gunshot injuries

Cpl. Jean-René Michaud.
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KAMLOOPS - A local Mountie recovering after being shot several times in 2014 is making a gradual return to work.

In December 2014, Cpl. Jean-Rene Michaud suffered the injury while conducting a traffic stop in the Batchelor Heights neighbourhood. After pulling over a white sedan, Michaud was shot while a fellow officer returned fire on the suspect.

The officer underwent several surgeries at Royal Inland Hospital and Vancouver General Hospital.

“His current status is that he’s begun a graduated return to work,” Kamloops RCMP Supt. Brad Mueller says. “He started back at the detachment. Obviously he’s going to be working in an administrative capacity with graduated hours at this point. But it’s a very positive step and we’re glad to have him back."

Kenneth Knutson, the man accused of shooting Michaud, is scheduled to plead guilty to several charges including attempted murder this March.

Mueller declined commenting on the case specifically, and says he’s waiting to see what happens in Kamloops Supreme Court.

“We’ll have to wait and see. We’ve been told that the guilty plea is pending. Certainly if that avoids us having to go to a criminal trial I think that’s really positive,” he says.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Glynn Brothen at gbrothen@infonews.ca or call 250-319-7494. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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