4th suspect charged in Halifax taxi shooting, police still looking for Andrew Jason Hudder
HALIFAX – Another man has been arrested on attempted murder charges connected to shots fired at a taxi in Halifax’s north end last fall.
Shea Alexander Durnford, 24, will appear in Halifax provincial court on Friday to face two counts of attempted murder and 14 other assault and weapons related charges.
Halifax Regional Police and RCMP investigators arrested Durnford — the fourth man arrested in connection with the case — in Fairview at about 9:03 a.m. on Thursday.
The shooting happened just after 2:00 a.m. on Nov. 3, 2012.
A taxi headed north on Robie Street was shot at from another vehicle, in the area of McCulley Street. Neither the 48-year-old driver nor the male passenger was injured. The passenger left the scene on foot immediately following the shooting.
The suspect vehicle. a small silver car, fled the area.
Police have already charged Kirk Michael Wright, Everett Douglas MacNeil and Kyle Douglas Shipley, all 24, face similar charges, while police are still looking for a fifth man in the case.
Shipley, of Williamswood, was apprehended on Nov. 11, while Wright and MacNeil were taken into police custody on Nov. 5, related to other offences, and charged in connection with taxi shooting case on Nov. 14.
On Nov. 5, police conducted searches related to the shooting investigation at two Halifax-area residences, including one at 2427 Old Sambro Road, in Williamswood, where two Explosives Disposal Units had to be called in to remove a suspicious device. Four men in their twenties were arrested
Three men — aged 20, 22 and 27 — were charged with drug and weapons offences related to the raids, but no one was charged in connection with the shooting
A fifth suspect, 26-year-old Andrew Jason Hudder, is the subject of a Canada-wide arrest warrant on charges of attempted murder and 11 other offences.
Police consider him armed and dangerous and warn members of the public not to approach him.
He is described as six-feet one-inch tall, weighing 165 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to contact Halifax Regional Police at (902) 490-5020 or Crime Stoppers by calling at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at http://www.crimestoppers.ns.ca.
Police have not said if a stand-off at a Halifax home on Nov. 16 is connected to the search for Hudder, But, the Compton St. home was listed on court documents as the suspect’s home address.
Property documents showed the home had two mortgages on it registered to Brenda and Joseph Hudder.
Hudder is a known associate of the Melvin crime family and was released from prison in late 2011, after serving time related to a series of 2006 firebombings.
According to National Parole Board documents he had been out on parole in 2009, but was sent back to prison for being involved in criminal activity.
CC 239 – Attempted murder (2 counts)
CC 267(a) – Assault with a weapon (2 counts)
CC 244 – Discharging a firearm with intent (2 counts)
CC 244.2(1) (a) – Discharging a firearm – reckless endangerment to the life of another person (2 counts)
CC 117.01(1) – Possession of a firearm contrary to prohibition order
CC 85(1) (a) – Use of a firearm in the commission of an offence
CC 86(1) – Careless use of a firearm
CC 86(2) – Unsafe storage of a firearm
CC 87(1) – Pointing a firearm
CC 88(1) – Possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace
CC 92(1) – Possession of a firearm without license
CC 94 – Unauthorized possession of a restricted weapon in a motor vehicle