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Dryden man faces upgraded charges in police attack

A Dryden man who allegedly attacked OPP officers with an edged weapon now faces attempted murder charges.

DRYDEN, Ont. – A Dryden man who allegedly attacked police officers with an edged weapon last month, sending two to hospital, is facing upgraded charges of attempted murder.

Dilan Ames, 30, was initially charged with two counts of aggravated assault of a peace officer in connection with the incident.

The OPP announced in a statement Wednesday evening those charges had been upgraded to two counts of attempted murder.

The force did not speak to the reasons for the upgraded charge in its statement.

Ames was also charged with resisting a peace officer, assault with a weapon, and public mischief.

Police had responded to reports of an assault at a Pitt Avenue residence in Dryden shortly after 8:30 p.m on Sept. 5.

Two officers were attacked by Ames with an edged weapon upon their arrival, according to the OPP.

Two officers were taken to hospital with serious, but not life-threatening injuries. Both were released from hospital by the following day.

A third officer sustained minor injuries and did not need to be taken to hospital, police said.

Ames was previously released from custody on a conditional sentence order for an incident on Dec. 3, 2022 that resulted in a charge of assaulting a peace officer, the OPP has stated.

Ames is being held in custody and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Kenora on Thursday.


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