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Spences Bridge man faces charges, including attempted murder

By Contributor
May 31st, 2013

A Spences Bridge area man is currently in custody facing a total of 12 charges including one count of attempted murder after a recent rash of violent incidents in Ashcroft and Spences Bridge. 

Eric Nelson, 52, was arrested following an intense investigative effort by the Lytton RCMP, following two incidents involving firearms that occurred on (Wednesday) May 15 and (Friday) May 17.

On May 15, Lytton RCMP responded to a report of a resident receiving serious non-life threatening injuries after being struck by shotgun blasts fired from outside of his home. The male victim in his 50’s, had reported being injured after hearing gunshots being fired towards his home on Thompson View Rd in Spences Bridge.

Two days later Lytton RCMP bolstered by Southeast District RCMP support resources scoured the community and surrounding area looking to confirm reports of an unknown male seen wielding a firearm in public in Spences Bridge.

Given the possible threat posed to the public, all precautionary measures were taken that day in order to fully investigate the unconfirmed reports and safe guard the community.

Over the course of the five following days, Lytton RCMP officers assisted by the Ashcroft and the Lillooet Detachment established the identity of the suspect and compiled sufficient evidence to arrest Nelson without incident in Spences Bridge around midnight on (Wednesday) May 22.

Nelson is currently in custody with a next scheduled Court Appearance for a Bail Hearing on Monday morning June 3 in Kamloops.

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