Man pleads guilty to attempted murder in shooting of Manitoba RCMP officer

BRANDON, Man. — A man has pleaded guilty to attempted murder in the shooting of an RCMP officer in western Manitoba and his defence lawyer says he is ready to take responsibility for his actions.

Therae Racette-Beaulieu, who is 19, was arrested after Cpl. Graeme Kingdon was shot last August.

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Kingdon and another officer were responding to a break and enter at a home in Onanole, a small resort community near Riding Mountain National Park.

The officer was seriously injured and RCMP said Thursday that he continues to recover.

Racette-Beaulieu also pleaded guilty to break and enter and weapons-related charges in Brandon provincial court.

He is to be sentenced in March.

Defence lawyer Andrew Synyshyn said his client is young, but he is ready to take responsibility for what happened.

"He's prepared to take responsibility and has been for some time," he said Thursday.

After the shooting, four suspects fled and three were captured the following morning after an extensive search. A fourth was taken into custody a few hours later after a standoff at a home in Neepawa, about 75 kilometres by road southeast of Onanole.

The three other men from Portage la Prairie faced break-and-enter and weapons-related charges.

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