Tips lead to arrest

UPDATE: 4:30 p.m.

When RCMP officers arrived at a residence on Fortune Drive in Kamloops on Monday afternoon, Michael Boyer knew it was time to give up.

RCMP have released a dramatic photo of the moment of his arrest, while he was being handcuffed on the ground with a police dog snarling nearby.

Boyer, 41, who was considered armed and dangerous, was wanted following a Nov. 4 incident at the Tournament Inn when a Kamloops police officer struggled with and shot at a male who had a firearm.

Police searched for two full days before finding the suspect.

“On Nov. 6th, members of Kamloops RCMP General Duty, Police Dog Section, Crime Reduction Unit and Serious Crimes conducted several operations in an attempt to locate Michael Boyer,” said Cpl. Jodi Shelkie, RCMP spokesperson.

Around 11:30 a.m., the team went to a residence on the 200 block of Nelson Avenue. During this investigation no one was arrested but four firearms were seized, including two sawed-off long guns. That investigation is ongoing.

Around 2 p.m., the team responded to a tip that Boyer was at a North Shore restaurant. That person was placed under surveillance and when safe, he was approached on Fortune Drive. The man was not Boyer and quickly released.

Around 2:30 p.m., the team approached a residence on Fortune Drive in response to information that Boyer was staying there. Once the house was surrounded, Boyer surrendered without further incident.

“Kamloops RCMP would like to thank the public for assisting in the safe resolution of this matter. We have been receiving tips on Boyer’s whereabouts regularly and it was this information that led to a peaceful arrest.”

UPDATE: 2:35 p.m.

Kamloops RCMP says officers have located and arrested Michael Shawn Boyer.

His arrest follows an appeal by his mother to give himself up.

"If anyone sees him or heard from him, please, please, please tell him to surrender," said Darlene Boyer in a Facebook post. "Mike, I love you and this isn't the way I thought your life would end...Mike, if you see this surrender yourself peacefully."

ORIGINAL STORY: 12:19 p.m.

Kamloops RCMP continue their search for a suspect alleged to have been involved in a weekend incident in which a gun was pulled on a police officer.

Police now say the suspect, Michael Shawn Boyer, did not fire his weapon during the confrontation at the Tournament Inn on Saturday evening but allege he did threaten the officer who then pulled a weapon and fired.

Boyer is still considered armed and dangerous.

“Kamloops RCMP completed their examination of the scene yesterday, and based on all the information obtained thus far, it is believed the suspect did not fire his gun,” said Cpl. Jodi Shelkie. “It is alleged that Boyer produced a handgun, pointed it at the officer and made threats to shoot the officer. The officer then fired his pistol at the suspect.”

People with information about Boyer or his location are asked to contact the Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

As well, police are warning members of the public not to approach the suspect but call 911.

Boyer, 41, is described as Caucasian, six-feet-one-inch tall, 180 pounds, with short, brown hair. 

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