South Scotland

Man killed in Castle Douglas shooting identified

Michael Paterson
Image caption Police confirmed a body found near Old Bridge of Urr on Sunday was that of Michael Paterson

Police have identified a man thought to have taken his life after shooting another man near Castle Douglas.

The body of Michael Paterson, 61, who ran a motorbike firm in Dalbeattie, was found by police who were called to Old Bridge of Urr at 1140 GMT on Sunday.

Philip Sayers, practice manager at the Greyfriars Medical Centre in Dumfries, was taken to hospital with leg wounds.

He is believed to be in a relationship with Mr Paterson's ex-partner, Elaine, who had moved out of the family home.

She called officers from Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary to the scene on Sunday morning.

Mr Sayers was taken to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary with serious injuries which police said were not life-threatening.

A search of the surrounding area was carried out by police, and a body was subsequently recovered nearby.

He was later named as Mr Paterson, who ran the family business of J Paterson and Sons in Dalbeattie, which sells and repairs quad bikes and motorcycles.

Det Insp Colin Blackley, senior investigating officer, said: "Inquiries are currently ongoing into the circumstances leading up to and around the tragic shootings on Sunday at Old Bridge of Urr.

"Officers are keen to hear from anyone who may have any information which would help them in this inquiry."

Police are not seeking anyone else in connection with the incident.

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