12/08/2014 05:44 EST | Updated 02/07/2015 05:59 EST

Jean Rene Michaud, B.C. Mountie Shot During Traffic Stop, Now Conscious: RCMP

Courtesy of Ashcroft-Cache Creek Journal/Wendy Coo

KAMLOOPS, B.C. - The RCMP says a 40-year-old officer who was shot during a traffic stop in B.C.'s Interior is now conscious and speaking to his family.

Cpl. Cheryl Bush says Cpl. Jean Michaud remains in hospital in intensive care following the early morning incident last Wednesday in Kamloops, B.C.

The shooting led to a 12-hour manhunt and the arrest of 36-year-old Kenneth Knutson, who has a long rap sheet and is now facing four charges, including attempted murder.

Michaud suffered critical injuries in the incident and has since survived two surgeries.

Bush says Michaud's medical progress is uplifting news to his colleagues and supporters in the public.

She says police continue to work on the case in preparation for upcoming court dates, but Knutson remains the only person charged in relation to the shooting.

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