Suspect charged with attempted murder of 5 Canadian officers after shootout

The suspect fled a traffic stop and exchanged shots with officers during a pursuit, according to RCMP

By Suzie Ziegler 

MERRITT, Canada — A man is facing five charges of attempted murder after exchanging shots with police officers in British Columbia on Saturday. 

According to CBC, 46-year-old Gerald Cooper fired at officers as he tried to flee a traffic stop. Officers ultimately used a spike strip to stop the truck and took Cooper into custody. The truck had been associated with a stolen property file, according to the report. 

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said gunshots were exchanged throughout the hours-long incident. Cooper and his 11-year-old son, who was found in the truck, sustained serious injuries. The case remains under investigation. 

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