Stettler shooting victim still in hospital

The victim of a shooting incident in Stettler last week remains in treatment at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary.

The victim of a shooting incident in Stettler last week remains in treatment at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary.

David Nelson Byrt, 37, has been named in Red Deer provincial court as the Stettler man injured on the afternoon of Dec. 31 following a traffic incident in the northwest area of the town.

Darren James Bauer, 33, is charged with attempted murder by Stettler RCMP, who allege in information filed with the Crown that he fired a .45-calibre pistol and a 12-gauge shotgun at Byrt during the incident.

Arrested in Calgary, Bauer made his first court appearance in Red Deer on Monday and remains in custody pending his next hearing, set for Friday.

A woman arrested with him, Kathleen Sherry Cooper, 25, is also being held in remand pending a court appearance on Friday.

Byrt was scheduled to make a court appearance in Red Deer on Tuesday to address a number of traffic and criminal charges laid in October. They include two counts of driving an uninsured vehicle, driving while unauthorized, possessing illegal drugs, possessing stolen property and breaching release conditions.

Acting as Byrt’s agent in court on Tuesday, duty counsel Murray Shack asked that the injured man’s election and plea be reserved until mid-February. It is likely that Byrt will still be in treatment at that time, said Shack. Without giving specific details about the extent of Byrt’s injuries, Shack said he is paralyzed.

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