Updated: Man charged in city’s first homicide of the year

Peterborough, ON, Canada / (CHEXTV)
Updated: Man charged in city's first homicide of the year

UPDATED: 3:10 p.m.:

Peterborough police say a 34-year-old man has been charged with first degree murder in the homicide of 43-year-old Paul Atchison of Stewart Street.

On Wednesday February 8, 2017 at approximately 12:30 a.m., police say they received a 9-1-1 call about a male needing medical assistance in the area of Dalhousie and Stewart Streets. Police located a male collapsed on the sidewalk suffering from obvious injuries. He was transported by ambulance to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. A post-mortem examination will be done Thursday to help determine a cause of death.

Shortly after police arrival, a male and female were located a couple of blocks north of where the deceased was found. A male and female were located near the scene and arrested. The male, Bryan Townson, 34, of Stewart Street is charged with first degree murder. He is being held in custody. Police say investigation determined that the female was not criminally responsible for the victim’s death and she has been released with no charges.

We can also confirm at this time that the victim Paul Atchison, the accused Bryan Townson and the female were all known to each other.

There will be a police presence in the area of Stewart and Dalhousie Street for the next couple of days but the streets in the area have been reopened to traffic.

Anyone with further information is asked to call the Peterborough Police Service at 705-876-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.stopcrimehere.ca

UPDATED 9:35 a.m.:

Two people have been arrested in connection to an early morning homicide.

Around 12:30 a.m. police and EMS attended a Stewart Street residence for a homicide. A command post was set up and the K-9 unit was also brought in to help with the investigation. Sections of Bethune and Dalhousie and Stewart streets were closed.

The victim was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased. He has been identified as Paul Atchison, 43, of Stewart Street.

The co-accused, a female and a male, knew the victim. Police say they are currently in custody and the investigation is continuing.

Police are not looking for any further suspects.

Police remain on scene and continue to ask the public to stay away from the area of Dalhousie and Stewart Streets for scene security purposes.

Anyone with information is ask to call police at 705-876-1122 or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-TIPS or www.stopcrimehere.ca/

Police held a news conference Wednesday to update the case:

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