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UPDATED: Suspect in weekend shooting in Cranbrook is in custody

Sheldon Hunter wanted by police, recently found not guilty in 2010 double-murder outside Cranbrook
Cranbrook RCMP are looking for Sheldon Hunter, who was the alleged shooter in a firearms incident on Saturday night in Cranbrook. Trevor Crawley photo.

A suspect wanted in a weekend shooting in Cranbrook is now custody after RCMP issued a public advisory on Thursday.

According to police, Sheldon Hunter was identified as a suspect in a shooting that occurred on Saturday evening (Aug. 27) in Cranbrook.

RCMP allege that Hunter was involved in a firearm incident that prompted a heavy police response along the highway strip running through town.

The victim suffered serious but non life-threatening injuries and was flown to another jurisdiction for treatment.

READ: Cranbrook RCMP seek witnesses after man shot during altercation

Hunter was one of two men recently found not guilty of first-degree murder in the slaying of Jeffrey Taylor and Leanne MacFarlane, an innocent couple at a house outside Cranbrook in 2010. According to the Crown’s case, the two accused were allegedly targeting a rival gang member who had previously lived in the same home.

READ: Two men found not guilty of murder in killing of couple outside Cranbrook 10 years ago

Though the murders occurred in 2010, Hunter, along with Colin Correia, were arrested in Alberta in 2018.

The formal trial lasted 150 days, beginning in March 2020 before ending with the judge’s decision in April 2022.

The B.C. Prosecution Service has filed a provisional notice of appeal as it reviews the judge’s ruling.

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Trevor Crawley

About the Author: Trevor Crawley

Trevor Crawley has been a reporter with the Cranbrook Townsman and Black Press in various roles since 2011.
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