Man who allegedly shot Mountie, ran over another faces 36 charges

An RCMP member mans a road block along Range Road 192 near Township Road 525, north of Tofield,...

An RCMP member mans a road block along Range Road 192 near Township Road 525, north of Tofield, Alta., on Jan. 6, 2013. Two Mounties were injured in a violent encounter at a rural property nearby. One officer was shot and another was run over by a vehicle. (David Bloom/QMI Agency)

Pamela Roth, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:21 PM ET

EDMONTON — A 33-year-old man accused of running over a Mountie with a truck and exchanging gunfire with police at a farm near Tofield, Alta., last week now faces 36 charges.

The man, Michael Leslie Johnson, was injured in a hail of bullets and was still recovering Thursday in an Edmonton hospital. Now that his medical condition has improved, he faces such charges as attempted murder with a firearm of four RCMP officers.

The drama unfolded when Mounties went to the farm about about 4 p.m. on Jan. 6 to question the homeowner and his girlfriend about an acquaintance believed to be responsible for numerous thefts and break-ins throughout the area.

By chance, the officers said they found the wanted man hiding in a shed.

When officers tried to arrest him, police say he fled to his stolen truck hidden behind one of the outbuildings.


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