Attempted murder charges stayed against Fort St. John man in Merritt shootout

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Attempted murder charges were dropped last week for a Fort St. John man involved in a sh…

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Attempted murder charges were dropped last week for a Fort St. John man involved in a shootout with RCMP in Merritt last summer.

Gerald Cooper was facing five counts of attempted murder from June 2021, which have since been stayed, confirms the Kamloops court registry.

However, six counts of using a prohibited weapon and two charges of theft over $5,000 related to the incident remain.

After his arrest, RCMP said they were attempting to stop a vehicle related to an ongoing investigation on June 6th, 2021, with a man fleeing in a pickup truck.

Shots were fired both by officers and the suspect. A man and an 11-year-old child were in the truck and taken to hospital with serious injuries, with the man sustaining a non-life threatening gunshot wound.

The IIO noted the child did not sustain a gunshot injury, but gives no indication on what their injury might have been. A public report is expected from the IIO, but will not be released until court proceedings conclude.

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