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Trial set for accused Mountie shooter

VEGREVILLE, Alta. - A trial date has been set for a man accused of shooting one RCMP officer and running another over.

Michael Leslie Johnson, 33, of Vegreville, Alta., faces 36 charges including four counts of attempted murder.

His first court appearance was on Monday, and he appeared in Vegreville court via closed-circuit television from the Edmonton Remand Centre.

His trial will begin in Vegreville on May 20 and he will remain in custody.

Five officers went to a farm near Tofield on Jan. 6 to investigate reports of a death threat and the theft of some firearms.

They said they found a suspect hiding in a shed and a confrontation ensued, with one officer being grazed by a bullet and another being severely hurt when he was run over by a truck.

The severely injured officer suffered broken bones and internal injuries that required extensive surgery.

He has since been released from hospital and continues to recover at home.

(CHED)

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