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Gunman was bailed before shooting

A man who shot a teenager in the leg before killing himself was on police bail over an assault and death threats, the police watchdog has said.

Elvis Cant shot his ex-partner's daughter at her home in Potterhanworth, near Lincoln, on Friday.

The gamekeeper, 51, was later found dead in a field with gunshot wounds.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said at the time of Mr Cant's arrest last month firearms were removed from his home in Grantham.

Residential area

The IPCC said he was released on bail while detectives investigated allegations of assault and that he had made death threats.

Their investigation will focus on how he was able to be in possession of a shotgun on the evening of his death.

On Friday night Mr Cant forced his way into the house in Potterhanworth before shooting the 17-year-old.

She was taken to hospital with serious leg injuries where her condition is understood to be improving.

Lincolnshire Police referred the shooting to the IPCC which is now investigating.

IPCC Commissioner, Amerdeep Somal, said: "This was a frightening and disturbing incident in a residential area of Lincoln and the public needs to be reassured that the police did all they could possibly do to prevent it happening.

"We will independently examine the circumstances surrounding the shootings, look at procedures the police followed after Mr Cant's arrest, and in particular how he was able to be in possession of a shotgun on the evening of his death."



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