At­tempted mur­der, weapons charges against Up­per Granville man

Annapolis Valley Register - - FRONT PAGE - BY LAWRENCE POW­ELL THE SPEC­TA­TOR UP­PER GRANVILLE

A 56-year-old Up­per Granville man is in cus­tody and charged with four counts of at­tempted mur­der and nu­mer­ous weapons of­fences fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent that po­lice say in­volved an­other man smash­ing a win­dow to es­cape.

An­drew Leroy Peach faces a to­tal of 18 charges af­ter an 8:04 p.m. 911 call alerted po­lice to an al­leged in­ci­dent at a house on the edge of High­way 1 on Jan 2.

“The caller in­di­cated the sus­pect had shot at him twice while the two men were in a home,” said RCMP Cpl. Jen­nifer Clarke in a me­dia re­lease. “The caller es­caped the home by break­ing a win­dow and climb­ing out. No one else was in the home at the time.”

She said RCMP ar­rived on the scene a short time later and at­tempted to con­tact the sus­pect.

“He ex­ited the res­i­dence and was hold­ing a shot­gun,” Clarke said. “Po­lice of­fi­cers di­rected him to drop it, how­ever, he fired one shot to­wards them and quickly reen­tered the home. He came out of the home a few sec­onds later, with the shot­gun still in his hand, and when di­rected to do so, dropped it to the ground.”

Clarke said the shot­gun dis­charged a sec­ond round to­wards the home when it struck the ground. “No one was hurt as a re­sult of this in­ci­dent,” she said. “Peach was taken into cus­tody with­out fur­ther in­ci­dent.”

Po­lice said he was taken to Bridgetown RCMP cells and was held in cus­tody overnight and ap­peared in court on Jan. 3. He was held in cus­tody un­til an ad­di­tional court ap­pear­ance in Digby Jan. 4. He has been charged with: - At­tempted mur­der with a fire- arm (four counts)

-- Care­less use of a firearm (two counts)

-- Pos­ses­sion of a weapon for a dan­ger­ous pur­pose

-- Unau­tho­rized pos­ses­sion of a firearm

-- Use of a firearm in the com­mis­sion of an of­fence

-- Pos­ses­sion of a weapon (four counts)

-- Pos­ses­sion of a weapon know­ing pos­ses­sion is unau­tho­rized

-- Dis­charg­ing a firearm with in­tent to cause bod­ily harm (four counts)

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion

Clarke said. is on­go­ing,

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