Man charged with attempted murder in foiled break-in

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A 50-year-old man of Chippewas of the Thames First Nation has been charged with attempted murder and following a break-in on Christmas Day at a Middlesex County business.

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Three people tried to enter a business using a pickup truck in Melbourne, about 30 kilometres southwest of London, at around 6:30 a.m. on Dec. 25. The owner of the business interrupted the break-in, prompting one of the suspects to fire a gun, Middlesex OPP said.

The owner wasn’t injured.

The 50-year-old man from Chippewas of the Thames First Nation was arrested Dec. 30 by members of the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation police and the Middlesex County OPP.

He’s charged with attempting to commit murder using a firearm, robbery using a firearm, possession of a firearm or ammunition contrary to a prohibition order, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, and disguise with intent.

The accused was held in custody for a scheduled court appearance on Dec. 31 at the Ontario Court of Justice in London.

Police say the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the OPP 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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