A Chilliwack man with a long criminal history has been charged with attempted murder in connection with a shooting three days before Christmas.
Aaron James David Douglas, 31, was arrested Dec. 22, hours after a 46-year-old man called police and told them he had been shot near the intersection of Wolfe and Ashwell roads.
The victim is identified in court records as Jeff Karpes.
Douglas appeared briefly in court on Dec. 24. In addition to one count of attempted murder, Douglas has been charged with possession of a prohibited firearm with accessible ammunition and possession of a firearm while prohibited from doing so. Conviction on the former gun charge carries a three-year minimum mandatory sentence. Attempted murder carries a minimum prison sentence of five years.
Douglas was out on bail at the time of his arrest. He was scheduled to appear in court again on New Year's Eve.
Douglas is well known to police, and has a long criminal record according to online court records, with previous convictions on weapons and drug dealing charges. In 2006, he was charged with possession of stolen property alongside Deano Paus, who was murdered in 2010.