What we know about the man accused of pulling a gun on a Kamloops RCMP officer

Michael Shawn Boyer was identified by police as the man who allegedly had an altercation with a police officer at the Tournament Inn on Nov. 4.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Kamloops RCMP

KAMLOOPS - The man accused of pointing a gun at a Kamloops police officer last weekend will be in custody for at least two weeks pending a bail hearing in Kamloops Provincial Court, but this isn't his first time in the criminal justice system.

Michael Shawn Boyer, 41, has a criminal record that dates back to 2005 in Courtenay, B.C. when he spent time in jail for a robbery, according to court documents. He was also put on a lifetime firearms prohibition after his conviction.

In 2007, he was sentenced in Kamloops Provincial Court for taking or occupying a vehicle without the consent of the owner near 70 Mile House and was given a suspended sentence with six months of probation.

Two years later he was back in Kamloops court for a February 2002 offence in Manning, Alta. He was given an one-year probation order for taking or occupying a vehicle without the consent of the owner.

After that sentence there is a seven-year gap in his B.C. court records until the latest incident at the Tournament Inn on Nov. 4.

Boyer underwent emergency brain surgery for a concussion he suffered during a fighting competition, according to the Kamloops Daily News story from 2011.

This photo shows Kamloops RCMP officers detaining Michael Shawn Boyer on Nov. 6, 2017 outside of a home on Fortune Drive.
This photo shows Kamloops RCMP officers detaining Michael Shawn Boyer on Nov. 6, 2017 outside of a home on Fortune Drive.

Just last year, Boyer's name was brought up in court proceedings against Derek Muirhead, who was charged in connection to a standoff near Thompson Rivers University in June.

Boyer was the alleged victim in the case and court heard at the time Boyer told police a man he didn't know tried to fight him and pulled out a gun. A wrestling match ensued and Boyer allegedly got the gun away from Muirhead before stashing it near Columbia Street and Notre Dame Drive.

Crown entered a stay of proceedings on the charges against Muirhead relating to the standoff but he was fined for breaching an undertaking, court documents say.

Although Boyer was put on a lifetime firearms prohibition approximately 12 years ago, he's now charged with producing a firearm and threatening a Kamloops RCMP officer after an alleged confrontation last weekend.

The officer was injured during the incident, but Boyer didn't fire his gun. Once a firearm was produced by the suspect, police said the officer shot at the man.

Boyer fled, triggering a day-long manhunt in and around the city until he was located yesterday, Nov. 6, at an associate's home on Fortune Drive.

RCMP said Boyer had been previously connected to a problem home on the North Shore where a shooting took place last week.

For more on recent gun violence in the city, go here.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Ashley Legassic or call 250-319-7494 or email the editor. You can also submit photos, videos or news tips to the newsroom and be entered to win a monthly prize draw.

We welcome your comments and opinions on our stories but play nice. We won't censor or delete comments unless they contain off-topic statements or links, unnecessary vulgarity, false facts, spam or obviously fake profiles. If you have any concerns about what you see in comments, email the editor in the link above. 

THOMPSON: Trump either guilty or innocent of being Putin pawn
  OPINION There is no midway point between guilt and innocence. One can be guilty or innocent. You cannot be a little bit guilty…or a little bit innocent. It’s like being a little bit pregnant. So, an

Top News