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Three charged with attempted murder in Shelburne stabbings

Three men are facing attempted murder charges following a stabbing incident in Shelburne on Thursday afternoon. 

RCMP were called to an apartment on Clements Street at 3:15 p.m. and found two men suffering from “serious, serious injuries,” Cpl. Andrew Joyce said.

Joyce said the three men knew each another and were together in the apartment when some kind of altercation occurred. One of the three men lives in the apartment.

One man stabbed another, he stabbed back, and then the third man stabbed one of the other two, Joyce said. The police don’t know what sparked the violence. 

“The reasons why, I think they’re still delving into. . . . Sometimes, in cases like this, the why is the tricky thing to figure out,” Joyce said.

“All the moving parts are still being put together.”

He said there is no indication the incident was a home invasion. Someone else called police after spotting one of the victims outside the apartment.

Besides the attempted murder charges, Cade Alexander Benham, 24, Matthew James Jackson, 31, and Yan Franklin Cox, 46, all of Shelburne County, were also charged with single counts of aggravated assault and assault with a weapon.

The three men are still in custody and are scheduled to appear in Yarmouth provincial court Monday morning.

Jackson and Cox have faced criminal charges in the past. Cox was one of 13 people charged with drug trafficking after a bust in Shelburne in 1997. Jackson was sentenced to 70 days in jail for assaulting a police officer in 2008.

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