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Accused in shooting case seeks bail


By Delon Shurtz - Lethbridge Herald on March 10, 2022.

LETHBRIDGE HERALDdshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com

A Lethbridge man accused of shooting another man during an altercation in December will try for a second time to make bail.
Bira Jamal Ahmed was remanded in custody following a bail hearing earlier this year, but during a brief hearing Wednesday in Lethbridge provincial court, Calgary lawyer Jeanine Zahara said defence was preparing for a detention review in Lethbridge Court of Queen’s Bench. In the meantime, the matter has been adjourned to the end of the month.
Ahmed, 24, is charged with aggravated assault, assault with a weapon, discharging firearm with intent to endanger life, possession of a weapon dangerous to the public, using a firearm in the commission of an offence, unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession of a loaded/restricted firearm, possession of a firearm obtained by the commission of an offence, and failure to comply with a release order.
Police responded to a report of a shooting just after 10:30 p.m. Dec. 29 outside a residence in the 800 block of 7 A Avenue North. A 49-year-old Lethbridge man was taken to hospital with a gunshot wound and was listed in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries.
Police said a verbal altercation between two men turned violent after one of the men left then returned later in the day and fired a gun during a second altercation.
Police were unable to find a suspect immediately after the shooting, but about noon the following day officers stopped a vehicle in the 3200 block of 1 Avenue South and arrested two individuals. One of the individuals was released without charges. 
Investigators said the suspect and victim previously knew each other, and the incident was not random.

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