A Kamloops man who opened fire on police during a pursuit in 2017 has pleaded guilty to eight charges, but prosecutors are no longer proceeding on four counts of attempted murder — the most serious allegations he had been facing.
About 10 Kamloops RCMP officers filled two rows of a small courtroom in the Kamloops Law Courts on Thursday afternoon as Shane Caron entered guilty pleas to charges stemming from a violent series of incidents over a two-day period in late October 2017.
Dressed in red prison-issued clothing, Caron pleaded guilty to one count each of discharging a firearm with intent, pointing a firearm at police, failing to stop, break and enter, assault with a weapon, possessing brass knuckles, possessing weapons for a dangerous purpose and criminal harassment.
Now 36, Caron was arrested at 4 a.m. on Oct. 28, 2017, at the end of a 17-hour standoff with police.
Caron barricaded himself in his parents’ home at the G&M Trailer Park on the Yellowhead Highway near Sun Rivers.
At the time of the incident, police said they became involved with Caron while responding to a report of a domestic assault at a North Kamloops home.
Mounties said Caron told police he would shoot them, then emerged from the home armed with a rifle and fled in a truck.
Caron fired several shots during the ensuing pursuit, in which police followed Caron from the North Shore across the Halston Bridge and into the industrial area on the Tk’emlups te Secwépemc reserve.
Caron exchanged shots with police on at least four occasions, with a stray bullet striking a building on Athabasca Way. An employee of Varsteel told KTW at the time that he heard multiple shots fired before noticing a bullet hole in a wall.
Caron eventually ended up in his parents’ home.
Sentencing had been scheduled to take place on Thursday, but defence lawyer Jonathan Avis asked for an adjournment for further discussions with Caron.
Lawyers are expected to meet on Jan. 16 to set a new date for sentencing.