Ac­cused shooter and wounded man knew each other: po­lice

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL -

Hamil­ton po­lice say a 65-year-old man and the 24-year-old he is ac­cused of shoot­ing as he tried to break into his home knew each other be­fore the al­ter­ca­tion.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the 121 Avondale St. in­ci­dent late Thurs­day has re­vealed it was not ran­dom, po­lice said Mon­day.

The un­named 24-year-old went to the home and, af­ter “an al­ter­ca­tion” with the 65-year-old, iden­ti­fied by his son as Ge­orge Har­bot­tle, tried to force his way in­side.

The 24-year-old was shot and fled the scene, later show­ing up in hospi­tal where he re­mains. Po­lice say he will be charged with break and en­ter.

When po­lice re­sponded to the scene, they say Har­bot­tle came out and said “I’m the shooter.”

Har­bot­tle’s son, Chris White, pre­vi­ously told the Spec­ta­tor his dad was de­fend­ing him­self and the home.

“A cou­ple of guys tried to kick in the back door. … I guess they did it to the wrong guy,” White said.

Po­lice ex­e­cuted a search war­rant at the home and lo­cated a gun de­scribed as be­ing sim­i­lar to an AK-47.

The in­ci­dent rat­tled neigh­bours, who de­scribed Har­bot­tle as a man with strong opin­ions and a sharp tongue.

He un­suc­cess­fully ran for a Catholic board school trustee po­si­tion in 2014.

Har­bot­tle is fac­ing charges of ag­gra­vated as­sault, dis­charge firearm with in­tent, unau­tho­rized pos­ses­sion of a firearm, care­less use of a firearm, and pos­ses­sion of a dan­ger­ous weapon.

Po­lice have asked any­one with in­for­ma­tion to call de­tec­tives at 905546-2918.

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