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Man shot by rural landowner wanted by police

Last Updated Jan 23, 2020 at 10:58 am MST

Police have issued warrants for Ryan Watson, the man shot by a rural landowner after trespassing. (CREDIT: Calgary Police Service, Facebook)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – The man who trespassed onto a rancher’s property is now wanted by Calgary police.

Police have a warrant for the arrest of Ryan Watson for drug possession, stolen property, and failing to appear in court.

Watson sued rancher Eddie Maurice after he was shot while trespassing on Maurice’s property near Okotoks.

The lawsuit claimed Watson attempted to flee once he was found on Maurice’s property. That’s when Maurice fired a warning shot in Watson’s direction that struck his right forearm, causing severe damage.

Maurice filed a counter lawsuit shortly after. Both lawsuits were dropped last week.

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Maurice was initially charged with aggravated assault and weapons offences, but the Crown dropped those charges in June 2018.

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If you have any details on where Watson is, you’re asked to call Calgary police or Crime Stoppers.