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Firearms incident in Skye leaves one dead and three injured

A 47-year-old man has died following a series of incidents on Skye and in Wester Ross yesterday.

47 year old John MacKinnon has died and three other people are injured following a series of incidents which took place yesterday, Police Scotland has confirmed. 

A 39-year-old man has subsequently been arrested in connection with all of the incidents and the force has said there is now no threat to the wider community. 

The incidents are described as having taken place in “close-knit rural areas” and Police Scotland deployed resources from across Scotland including Inverness, Aberdeen, Dundee and Glasgow to support local police units. 

Officers were initially called to the Tarskavaig area on Skye shortly before 9am on Wednesday after a report of a 32-year-old woman having been seriously injured at a property. She was taken to hospital and remains in a serious condition. 

A further incident at a property in the Teangue area on Skye was then reported shortly after 9.30am after a firearm was discharged.

Emergency services attended but Mr MacKinnon was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers subsequently attended at a property in the Dornie area in Wester Ross following a further firearm discharge at a property.

A 63-year-old man was taken to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness for treatment to serious injuries and remains in a critical condition.

A woman aged 63 was taken to Broadford Hospital and has been released after treatment.

An investigation is now being led by Police Scotland’s Major Investigation Team. 

Chief Superintendent Conrad Trickett, local policing commander for Highlands and Islands Division, said: “The thoughts of everyone are with the family and friends of Mr MacKinnon and the three people who remain injured in hospital.

“The investigation, being led by Police Scotland’s Major Investigation Team, is complex and challenging and I would also like to thank the local communities for their understanding and co-operation as we work through our enquiries.

“Given the size of the investigation and the fact we are dealing with a number of different sites, the considerable police presence will remain for the near future."

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