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Mountie speaks about night he was shot at traffic stop in Kamloops, B.C.

06/09/2015 04:16 EDT | Updated 06/09/2016 05:59 EDT
KAMLOOPS, B.C. - A Mountie who was shot several times during a traffic stop in Kamloops, B.C., has spoken publicly for the first time since his ordeal six months ago.

Cpl. Jean-Rene Michaud said in a promotional video for a hospital foundation that he's grateful to the doctors who saved his life and gave him a chance to see his kids grow up.

Michaud is among several patients and physicians featured in a promotional video for the Royal Inland Hospital Foundation.

He thanked donors and urged others to give to the foundation that helps equip the hospital.

“One bullet entered my elbow and the other one my torso,” Michaud said of the 2 a.m. shooting on Dec. 3, 2014.

“That night, the quick work by the emergency room department and the amazing work by the team of surgeons saved my life," he said.

The work of the foundation has allowed him to spend more time with his wife and be with his family and friends, Michaud said.

"I owe my life to this establishment.”

Ken Knutson, 36, is charged with several offences, including attempted murder.

He was arrested following an exhaustive manhunt that lasted more than 12 hours.

Knutson is due back in court on Thursday for an arraignment hearing.

During a court appearance on May 28, his lawyer, Alexander Watt, indicated his client may soon be ready to enter pleas.

Watt asked for a two-week adjournment to allow time to go over evidence.

“We want to arraign this matter, but we need some time for Mr. Knutson to go over his disclosure,” Watt said at the time.

The RCMP is continuing its investigation into the shooting, and Michaud is still recovering from his injuries at home. (Kamloops This Week)