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Less than a week after a Manitoba RCMP officer was shot during a break-and-enter call, all four suspects have appeared in court. For most of them, it was far from their first time inside a courtroom.
The accused shooter, 18-year-old Therae Racette-Beaulieu of Sandy Bay First Nation, has no adult record. Manitoba courts do not make youth conviction records publicly accessible. Racette-Beaulieu has been accused of pulling the trigger in the shooting that injured RCMP Cpl. Graeme Kingdon last Wednesday, and he faces two counts of attempted murder as well as five other criminal charges.
The three other suspects all have criminal records. At the time of the shooting, 21-year-old Tommy Edward Beaulieu was already facing other gun-related charges for alleged violence, including assault with a weapon and causing bodily harm with intent using a firearm on July 15.
He and 30-year-old Shane Donovan Beaulieu both have lengthy criminal records, including convictions for drug possession for the purpose of trafficking.
Since 2015, Tommy Beaulieu has been in and out of jail for weapons possession, thefts of motor vehicles and vehicle parts, possession of stolen property, trespassing at night, fleeing from police, resisting arrest and one count of drug possession for the purpose of trafficking.
Shane Beaulieu has convictions dating back to 2006, when he was found guilty of being unlawfully in a dwelling house. He was subsequently convicted of breaking and entering, disguising himself with intent, possession of stolen property, uttering threats and several breach charges for failing to follow court conditions. He was convicted of sexual assault in 2011 and was required to register as a sex offender, something he failed to do in 2016, according to court records. In 2015, he was convicted of two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking and was sentenced to just over 20 months in provincial jail.
Both are from Portage la Prairie and face a combined total of 10 new charges. A fourth suspect, 23-year-old Delaney Marcus Houle, also from Portage, was previously convicted and fined $100 for violating a court condition that prohibited him from consuming drugs and alcohol. He faces four charges in the alleged break-in and shooting that injured Kingdon.
The RCMP didn't provide an update on Kingdon's condition Tuesday. A news release issued late Friday said he remains in hospital and is doing well.
The 42-year-old officer was shot in the upper body as he got out of his cruiser car while responding to a break-and-enter report near Onanole last Wednesday night. The suspects fled and were arrested the next day. Two were arrested together early Thursday morning, while another was arrested by himself afterward. A fourth suspect was arrested in Neepawa hours later after a standoff near an elementary school.
Manitoba RCMP did not respond to a request for more information Tuesday and have not released any other information about the shooting or how the suspects know each other.
Katie May reports on courts, crime and justice for the Free Press.
Updated on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 6:32 AM CDT: Corrects headline
September 6, 2018 at 10:33 AM: tweaked headline
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