Woman facing assault and weapons charges, one still wanted in Brantford shooting

Brantford Police are still seeking the remaining suspect after a male was shot in the early morning hours Wednesday.

Chad Wray-McCombs, 29, is wanted by police in connection to the shooting. Police say he is considered “armed and dangerous”. Members of the public are asked not to approach him, but to immediately call. 9-1-1.

The second suspect, Lori Ruth Ann Staats, 25, was arrested after turning herself into police at around 1 a.m. Thursday morning.

She is now in police custody and 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.

Police say on Wednesday morning just before 4:30 a.m. they 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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