28-year-old Peterborough man charged with two counts of attempted murder

Police say charges resulted from incident of intimate partner violence on July 6 in downtown Peterborough

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A 28-year-old Peterborough man is facing two counts of attempted murder in relation to what police are describing as an incident of intimate partner violence.

The incident happened on Saturday (July 6) in the area of Brock and Alymer streets in downtown Peterborough.

“There is no threat to public safety as a result of this incident,” stated a police media release issued on Sunday. Police provided no details about the incident, including why the man was charged with two counts of attempted murder.

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On Monday, police provided further details on the incident.

At around 11 p.m. on Saturday, officers responded to reports of gun shots fired at a building. Officers attended, were given a description of the suspect, and searched the area but did not locate the suspect.

One person who was struck by particles from a shotgun shell was treated at the scene by emergency medical services and released.

On Sunday, officers on patrol in the Simcoe Street and Aylmer Street area spotted a man matching the description of the suspect. Officers approached the suspect and took him into custody at gunpoint without incident.

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After arresting the suspect, officers seized one spent shotgun shell casing and two unspent shells. They did not locate the firearm.

A 28-year-old Peterborough man has been charged with two counts of attempt to commit murder using a restricted firearm or prohibited firearm.

The accused man was held in custody and appeared in court on Sunday.

“We would like the community for their understanding while police conducted their investigation,” states the release.


The original version of this story has been updated with additional details released by police.