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Attempted murder charge laid against Central Huron man in Brucefield-area shooting: OPP

FILE--Ontario Provincial Police cruiser in Trenton, Ontario on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Lars Hagberg

A 45-year-old Central Huron man is facing a charge of attempted murder in connection with a shooting near Brucefield, Ont., earlier this month, provincial police confirmed on Tuesday.

Emergency crews responded to a reported altercation along Bannockburn Line, west of Brucefield, around 5:20 p.m. on Sunday, March 20, Huron OPP said.

At the scene, an adult male victim was located with a gunshot wound. The victim was airlifted to hospital with serious but stable injuries and has since been released, police said.

The update comes more than a week after police first announced firearms-related charges in connection with the incident.

Read more: 2 charged after man seriously injured in shooting east of Bayfield, Ont.

Jeffrey Williamson, 45, of Central Huron, faces an attempted murder charge, along with charges of aggravated assault, careless use of a firearm, and discharge a firearm into or at a place in a reckless manner.

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Another man, 33-year-old Donald Williamson, of Morris-Turnberry, was also arrested in connection with the incident, and faces the same charges as the elder Williamson, with the exception of the attempted murder count.

Donald Williamson has since been released from custody with a May 2 court date in Goderich, while Jeffrey Williamson remains in custody. He will appear in court March 30, police said.

Police have previously said that they believed the incident was isolated, and that there was no evidence to suggest a threat to public safety.

Brucefield is about a 30-minute drive from Grand Bend.

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