Two arrested after man shot in downtown Brantford

Two arrested after man shot in downtown Brantford

BRANTFORD — Brantford Police arrested two people after a shooting in the city’s downtown core.

Chad Wray-McCombs, 29 and Lori Ruth Ann Staats, 25, were arrested and are now facing a litany of assault and weapons charges.

Staats surrendered herself to police in Brantford early Wednesday morning after police issued a public call out for the pair, calling them “armed and dangerous”.

Wray-McCombs was later found in Toronto to be involved in a separate incident involving police. He was arrested and is now in police custody.

Police say both are facing charges of Aggravated Assault, Assault with a Weapon, Careless use of a firearm and Discharging a Weapon with Intent to Harm.

Police would not confirm if Staats is the same woman charged in the disappearance of Douglas Hill in 2017.

A woman by the name Lori Ann Staats, then 24, was arrested and charged as an accessory to murder after the fact in the disappearance of Douglas Hill. Reports from that time say the charges were connected to helping the conceal the identity of the accused in the murder, a 17 year old female. Those charges were dismissed in 2018 after a judge found insufficient evidence to take the case to trial.

On Wednesday morning just before 4:30 a.m. police received a report of a gunshot in downtown Brantford.

Officers found a shooting had occurred in an alleyway behind a Dalhousie Street complex between Queen and King Streets.

While officers were attending the scene a second call was received about a 23 year old male victim at a different location suffering from a gunshot wound to his upper body. He was taken to hospital due to his injuries.

Police said they could not comment on the nature of his current condition but said he is still in hospital receiving treatment.

Officers say the two incidents are connected and are still seeking Wray-McCombs in connection to the shooting.

Anyone with knowledge of Wray-McCombs whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Mark Whitworth at (519) 756-0113 ext. 2266.

Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous are asked to contact Brant-Brantford Crime Stoppers at 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477.

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