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Widow of Tony Divers — man shot to death by police in 2016 — now charged with attempted murder

Madelene Peternel, 33, the widow of Tony Divers was shot to death by police on Sept. 30, 2016, has been arrested and charged for an attempted murder on Wednesday, Hamilton police say.

Jason Anthony Long, 27, is also wanted in connection with Wednesday's incident, police say

Police say that around 11 p.m. on Wednesday, a 30-year-old man went to the residence of an acquaintance at 646 Main Street East, where he was viciously attacked. (Andrew Colins/CBC)

The widow of a man shot to death by police in 2016 has been arrested, police say, and charged with attempted murder.

Madelene Peternel, the widow of Tony Divers, was charged in connection with an incident that happened Wednesday, police say, where a man was stabbed on Main Street East.

Divers was shot to death by police on Sept. 30, 2016. In November 2019, an inquest jury ruled it a homicide, and made 13 recommendations aimed at preventing similar deaths in the future. Const. Nicholas Cercone, the officer who pulled the trigger, was cleared by the SIU of any criminal wrongdoing in 2017

As for the incident Wednesday, police say Jason Anthony Long, 27, is also wanted in connection with the stabbing.

Hamilton police say that around 11 p.m. on Wednesday, a 30-year-old man went to the residence of an acquaintance at 646 Main St. E., where he was viciously attacked.

Two of the individuals involved in the attack stole the victim's keys and left the area in his white Acura sedan.

According to police, another man went to the residence as the victim was being attacked and attempted to intervene but was unable to assist.

Witness to crime arrested

A 9-1-1 call was generated due to the disturbance and the man who tried to help the victim was arrested near the scene. Police initially believed he was involved but upon further investigation, it was determined he was a witness to this crime and he was released unconditionally.

When police went to the scene, one of the suspects jumped out a window to escape, police say.

Police say the victim was transported to a local hospital where he underwent life-saving surgery. He remains hospitalized in critical condition.

In a news release Thursday afternoon, police said Peternel, 33, also known as Madelene Divers, returned to the scene and was arrested.

She has been charged with attempted murder and robbery. She appeared in a Hamilton court this afternoon and has been remanded into custody.

Long considered dangerous and should not be approached

An arrest warrant for attempted murder and robbery has been issued for Long, who police say is known to them.

Police said he had a shaved head on the sides with longer hair on top, Mohawk style, at the time of the offence. He has sleeve tattoos on his arms, a teardrop tattoo under his right eye and tattoos on both sides of his neck.

Long is considered dangerous and police say, if seen, members of the public are encouraged to call 9-1-1. and do not approach him.

Jason Anthony Long, 27, is wanted in connection with the incident. (Hamilton Police Service)

The victim's stolen white Acura TLX is now missing its front bumper and is outstanding, police say.

The scene at Main Street East and Burris Street is being maintained as investigators are currently executing a search warrant.

Forensic detectives are still processing the scene and a police presence can be expected in this area until Friday.

Police are asking anyone with information they believe could assist with the investigation into this crime to contact Det. Daryl Reid of the major crime unit by calling 905-546-3825.

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