A Kamloops man alleged to have engaged in a gunfight with police before a lengthy standoff that shut down traffic on a major highway for nearly 20 hours will plead guilty, a judge has been told.
Shane Caron was not present during a brief hearing in Kamloops provincial court on Monday as his lawyer said the 36-year-old will enter guilty pleas.
Caron was arrested at about 4 a.m. on Oct. 28, 2017, at the end of a 17-hour standoff with police. Caron had holed up inside his parents home at G&M Trailer Park on the Yellowhead Highway, across from Sun Rivers.
At the time of the incident, police said they were initially called to a reported domestic assault at a house on Nelson Avenue on the North Shore. Mounties said they tried to make contact with the suspect, later alleged to have been Caron, before he threatened to shoot officers.
Police said the suspect emerged from the home armed with a rifle and fled in a pickup truck. Police followed the vehicle to the Mount Paul area, where the suspect is alleged to have opened fire on Mounties. Officers shot back, but no serious injuries were reported.
At the time, investigators said the suspect then retreated to the G&M residence. Police secured the area and shut down traffic on the nearby highway until after Caron was taken into custody.
It is not known to which charges Caron will plead guilty. In court on Monday, defence lawyer Jonathan Avis said only that Caron will enter guilty pleas. Following his arrest, Caron was facing numerous charges, including four counts of attempted murder.
Caron remains in custody. Lawyers will meet on May 23 to set a date for his next hearing.