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.
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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.

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