12/18/2014 04:37 EST | Updated 02/17/2015 05:59 EST

Kenneth Knutson, Accused Of Shooting Kamloops Mountie, Now Facing 6 Charges


KAMLOOPS, B.C. - Two new charges have been laid against a man accused of shooting a Mountie in Kamloops, B.C., during a traffic stop.

When 36-year-old Kenneth Knutson appeared in court for a bail hearing on Thursday he learned he now faces six charges.

The new counts are for aggravated assault and possession of a firearm contrary to order in the Dec. 3 shooting of Cpl. Jean Michaud, who is still in hospital recovering from critical injuries.

Crown spokesman Neil MacKenzie says Knutson was initially charged with a variety of offences related to the alleged use of a firearm along with an attempted-murder charge.

MacKenzie says the added allegations are that a restricted or prohibited firearm was used, and the aggravating factor can involve an increase in mandatory minimum sentences.

Knutson's bail hearing has now been scheduled for Jan. 15 because he does not yet have a lawyer. (CHNL)

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