Man charged with second degree murder in London shooting death

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A 26-year-old man wanted in connection to an April 2016 shooting has been arrested by London police and charged with second degree murder following the death of Emmanuel Awai, a man who was shot last December.

William Dwayne McDonald, of no fixed address, was located and arrested by members of the London Police Service with the assistance of the Ontario Provincial Police Repeat Offender Parole Enforcement (ROPE) Squad on February 15th.

Police say McDonald had been on the run ever since April 29th, when police issued arrest warrants for him and another man, Samater Ali, on charges of aggravated assault, one count of discharging a firearm with intent to wound/endanger life, and one count of possess prohibited/restricted firearm in relation with a shooting in the area of John Street and Richmond St in London.

In that incident the victim was transported to hospital in critical condition where he was treated for the gunshot wound and survived.

Ali was eventually located and arrested, however the whereabouts of McDonald remained unknown.

26-years-old Emmanuel Awai was found deceased at a residence at 135 Connaught Avenue in London on December 28th. An autopsy determined the cause of death to be gunshot wound, and the London Police Service Major Crime Section entered into a homicide investigation.

In addition to the charges resulting from the shooting on April 29th, 2016, McDonald has been charged with one count of second degree murder in relation to the shooting of Awai. He will appear in court to answer to the charges.

Anyone with information in relation to either of these incidents is asked to call the London Police Service at (519) 661-5670 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Information can also be sent in on-line anonymously to www.londoncrimestoppers.com.

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