UPDATE: Charges laid against man who had sawed-off shotgun in uninsured car

KAMLOOPS - A man is facing several charges after Kamloops RCMP officers found he was driving with a suspended license and had a shotgun in his uninsured vehicle early this morning.

Around 2:20 a.m., July 8, officers spotted a vehicle that appeared to not have valid insurance. Police say not only was it uninsured, the driver had a suspended license.

Michael Robert Shymkowich, 35, is set to appear in Kamloops Provincial Court this month for charges relating to firearm offences and willfully resisting or obstructing a police officer.

RCMP say in a media release the suspect did not cooperate with police officers' instructions to stay still so he was handcuffed. He then tried to run away but was apprehended and placed in a police vehicle.

When the officers went to his vehicle, they found a sawed-off shotgun in the back of the car. It was fully loaded. They also found extra ammunition for the shotgun in a spare magazine, a large knife and a can of bear spray.

The suspect was previously known to police and is from Kamloops.

— This story was updated at 3:51 p.m., Friday, July 8, 2016 to include the suspect's name and the fact charges have now been laid.


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