As RCMP Corporal Graeme Kingdon continues to recover in hospital after being shot near Onanole, Man. Wednesday night, a Sandy Bay First Nation man has been charged with two counts of attempted murder and other offenses related to the incident.
Three others from Portage la Prairie, Man. were also involved and are facing various charges including breaking and entering, weapons-related offenses and possession of property obtained by crime over $5000. A total of 21 charges were filed against the foursome by the RCMP on Friday.
Eighteen-year-old Therae Racette-Beaulieu will appear in Brandon Provincial Court on Tuesday to face the attempted murder and other charges. The other men involved in the incident include 21-year-old Tommy Edward Beaulieu, 23-year-old Shane Donovan Beaulieu and Delaney Marcus Houle, 23.
One of the men appeared in court Friday while the remaining men have a court date set for Tuesday. The full range of charges include breaking and entering; possession of property obtained by crime; weapons possession contrary to order and a failure to surrender authorization; possession of a firearm, weapon, device, ammunition in a motor vehicle; and a failure to comply with a probation order.
Two officers from the Yellowhead RCMP Detachment responded to a call of an alleged break and enter on a rural property near Onanole at about 9 p.m. on Wednesday where they were fired upon as they got out of their cruiser. Cpl. Kingdon was struck by a shot and taken to hospital in Winnipeg. Latest reports from the RCMP say the 42-year-old veteran officer from Erickson, Man. is recovering well.
Other officers were deployed to the area and arrested three suspects. A fourth male remained at large suspected of driving a black GMC Sierra half ton. At about 1 p.m. Thursday, RCMP tweeted they had surrounded a residence in Neepawa about an hour away from Onanole where the shooting took place the previous night. The suspect was arrested and in custody less than two hours later.
Meanwhile, Premier Brian Pallister released a statement Thursday morning about the incident.
“This is a stark reminder of the danger that police officers face each and every day in their work to keep us all safe," he said. "On behalf of all Manitobans, I extend my thoughts and prayers to the officer and his family. I wish to thank his colleagues, first responders and health professionals for their incredible efforts.”
Onanole is located about 95 kilometers north of Brandon along Highway 10.
– With notes from Heather Reimer, Virden Empire-Advance