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Quebec man charged with attempted murder after police officer shot in Beauce

A 54-year-old man from Saint-Zacharie, Que., has been charged with attempted murder for allegedly shooting a Quebec provincial police officer during a traffic stop in the Beauce region.

Marco Rodrigue, 54, appeared in court via video conference Thursday

Provincial police arrested the suspect after a 13-hour manhunt Wednesday night. (Carl Boivin/Radio-Canada)

A 54-year-old man from Saint-Zacharie, Que., has been charged with attempted murder for allegedly shooting a Quebec provincial police officer during a traffic stop in the Beauce region.

Marco Rodrigue also faces charges of unauthorized possession of a firearm in a vehicle and possession of a weapon for dangerous purpose.

Rodrigue is accused of shooting Sûreté du Quebec officer Catherine Giroux, 41, during a traffic stop on Highway 73 on Wednesday morning.

He appeared in court in Saint-Joseph-de-Beauce via video conference Thursday afternoon.

Police say Rodrigue had two loaded hunting rifles in the vehicle when he was arrested.

The SQ set up a command post, deployed a helicopter as well as an armoured truck and used sniffer dogs in an attempt to locate the man. 

He was arrested on Lacroix Boulevard in Saint-Georges late Wednesday after 13 hours of searching.

Giroux was seriously injured in the incident but police say she is now safe and back home.

Rodrigue will remain in custody until his bail hearing on Aug. 24. 

With reporting by Franca Mignacca

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