A man who pleaded guilty to shooting a Kamloops RCMP officer at a traffic stop in 2014 was sentenced to 16.5 years in prison on Thursday.

The sentence was a joint submission from the Crown and defence. 

With time served, 38-year-old Kenneth Knutson is set to spend 14.5 years in prison. He's also been sentenced to a lifetime ban on firearms.

Knutson was accused of shooting Cpl. Jean Rene Michaud in the Kamloops neighbourhood of Batchelor Heights in the early hours of  Dec. 3, 2014.

The court heard Michaud was shot without warning as he approached the vehicle Knutson was driving. 

Kamloops RCMP shooting J.R. Michaud

RCMP Cpl. Jean Rene Michaud, shown, was shot and seriously injured by Kenneth Knutson in the Kamloops neighbourhood of Batchelor Heights in the early hours of Dec. 3, 2014. (Wendy Coomber/Ashcroft Cache Creek Journal)

After police launched an intense manhunt that lasted around 12 hours, Knutson was arrested in a home five minutes from where the shooting took place. 

Since the shooting, Michaud has undergone 12 surgeries and spent 112 days in hospital, only returning to work in January.

With files from Doug Herbert