|Location||From Spiritwood, Saskatchewan to Mildred, Saskatchewan|
|Date||Friday, July 7, 2006 (UTC−06:00)|
On July 7, 2006, two officers from the RCMP detachment in Spiritwood, Constables Robin Cameron (29), Marc Bourdages (26), and Michelle Knopp, responded to a complaint of an assault at a home close to the detachment. A man later identified as Curtis Alfred Dagenais fled the scene in a pickup truck. The officers followed, and the ensuing pursuit lasted 27 kilometres (17 mi). During the chase, gunfire was exchanged between the officers and Dagenais, resulting in both Cameron and Bourdages being shot in the head through their car windshield, and leaving Knopp struck by bullet fragments. Dagenais abandoned his car and escaped on foot.
Working in the nearby town of Shellbrook that night, Staff Sergeant Barry Thomas received a call for back-up, and was one of the first officers to find the constables at the scene. The two officers later died of their wounds, Cameron on July 15 and Bourdages early the next morning, on July 16. The bullet fragments that struck Knopp have since remained embedded in her ear, arm, and torso.
A massive manhunt failed to find Dagenais, who turned himself in without incident to the RCMP's Spiritwood detachment on July 18, after twelve days of being hunted. While he was on the run, Dagenais mailed a self-justifying 5-page letter to the Edmonton Sun.
Trial and aftermath
Dagenais' trial took place in 2009 at the Court of Queen's Bench for Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, before Justice Gerald Allbright. During the trial, Dagenais argued he had not intentionally shot the officers. He claimed that he feared for his life and shot in blind panic out in self-defence and that the three officers fired first after ramming his truck. The Crown argued that it was Dagenais who had fired first and intentionally shot the officers.
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