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Man facing charges in connection to assault that resulted in Henderson Lake search

Lethbridge police have laid charges in connection to an incident that resulted in a search of Henderson Lake last week. Just after 7 a.m. on June 2, officers responded to a report of an assault along the 600 block of Mayor Magrath Drive South. 

“The victim reported he was confronted by a male who attacked him with a baton. The subject was described as wearing a military-style vest and in possession of a handgun,” reads a news release from the Lethbridge Police Service. “He fled the scene prior to police arrival, but was located a short time later and ran into Henderson Lake where he proceeded to dispose of items in his possession.” 

Andrew Albert Watson, 36, of Airdrie, was taken into custody before members of the Lethbridge Fire and Emergency Services dive team began searching the lake. Police say a pellet gun was found and Watson was found to have ammunition and suspected fentanyl at the time of the arrest. 

He faces charges of assault with a weapon, possession of a controlled substance, resisting a peace officer, failure to comply with a release order and two counts of possession of a prohibited firearm. He was remanded in custody with a court appearance scheduled for June 5. 

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