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First-degree murder charge laid in Saskatoon shooting death

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A first-degree murder has been laid in Saskatoon’s 10th homicide of 2019.

Police said officers were called to an injured person in the Pleasant Hill neighbourhood at roughly 10 a.m. on Aug. 18.

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Andrew Merasty, 25, was found with a gunshot wound in the 1800-block of 20th Street West, according to police.

Police and Medavie Health Services West paramedics attempted life-saving measures on the patient.

He was taken to hospital where he died from his injuries.

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The major crimes section investigated the shooting as a suspicious death. Following the completion of an autopsy on Aug. 20, police said it was a homicide.

Saskatoon police said on Dec. 5 that a 20-year-old man had been charged. His name was not released.

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He is also facing charges of using a firearm in the commission of an offence, unauthorized possession of a firearm and reckless discharge of a firearm.

The accused is scheduled to appear in Saskatoon provincial court on the morning of Dec. 6.

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