Toronto Police arrest man wanted in Brantford downtown shooting – Turtle Island News

Toronto Police arrest man wanted in Brantford downtown shooting - Turtle Island News
Two suspects arrested in Brantford shooting
Lori Ruth Ann Staats and Chad Wray-McCombs have been arrested in connection with a shooting in downtown Brantford on April 24, 2019. Brantford Police / Contributed

Brantford police say both suspects have been arrested in an early-morning shooting in the city’s downtown on Wednesday.

"The behaviour and utter disregard for community safety demonstrated by the persons responsible for gun violence within Brantford will not be tolerated," Insp. Scott Williams is quoted as saying in a press release.

Police successfully negotiated with Wray-McCombs, who surrendered peacefully after he was holed-up inside a residence this afternoon, Brantford police said in a news release.

According to police, a total of 16 gun-related incidents have involved Brantford individuals. Chieff Geoff Nelson notes that the violence theyre experiencing is not a Toronto or Ottawa issue but an Ontario issue.

At about 1 a.m. Thursday, a second suspect, Lori Ruth Ann Staats, 25, was arrested by Brantford police.

Shes been charged with aggravated assault, assault with a weapon, careless use of a firearm and discharging a firearm with intent to endanger life. Shes been held in custody awaiting a bail hearing.

Both are facing a number of charges in connection to the shooting that resulted in a 23-year-old man being taken to hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound. The charges include aggravated assault, assault with a weapon, careless use of a firearm and discharging a firearm with Intent to endanger life.

Wray-McCombs was arrested after an incident with the Toronto Police Service. He had been holed up inside a residence, but police were able to negotiate with him for a peaceful surrender.

Meantime, Toronto police are investigating any charges related to Wray-McCombs in their jurisdiction, Brantford police said.

Chad Wray- McCombs will subsequently be brought to the Brantford courts at a later date in order to face the charges in relation to the shooting investigation.

Police had earlier issued an advisory saying that Wray-McCombs was considered armed and dangerous.

Police in Brantford say theyre concerned with the number of shootings in their city recently, creating a task force to try to stem gun violence.

Police said they got a report on Wednesday of a gunshot just before 4:30 a.m. in an alley running behind a downtown Dalhousie Street building and connecting Queen and King streets. The victim was found at a separate location.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Det. Mark Whitworth of the major crime unit at 519-756-0113, ext. 2266.

Chad Wray-McCombs, 29, and Lori Ruth Ann Statts, 25, are being sought in connection to the incident. (Source: Brantford Police Service)

Brantford police are hoping the public can help locate a man wanted in connection with an early morning shooting in the citys downtown core.

Police are looking for Chad Wray-McCombs, 29. He is wanted for aggravated assault, assault with a weapon and a variety of weapons-related offences.

Toronto police will conduct their own investigation before the accused appears before a Brantford court.

Officers responded to reports of gunshots in an alleyway behind a Dalhousie St. complex near Queen and King streets around 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

A 23-year-old man was later found suffering from a gunshot wound at a different location but police believe the two incidents are related.

If you have information that could help with the investigation, police are asking you to contact Det. Mark Whitworth at 519-756-0113, ext. 2266.