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Milton man accused of killing intruder has murder charge dropped

A murder charge against a Milton man who allegedly shot an armed intruder inside his home last winter has been withdrawn.

The Crown withdrew the second-degree murder charge against Ali Mian during an appearance at the Milton Ontario Court of Justice on Monday.

Mian, then 22, was initially arrested and charged in February after he shot and killed an alleged intruder inside his Gibson Crescent home. 

At the time Mian’s lawyer, Jag Virk, told reporters that his client was merely defending himself and “shouldn't be charged with murder.”

Police initially described the shooting as “targeted” but later issued an updated news release which removed that detail.

Meanwhile, police arrested a second suspect at the scene and charged them with one count of break-and-enter and unauthorized possession of a firearm.

They also made a public appeal for information about three other suspects who they said fled the scene in a light-coloured Dodge Charger.

At this point it is not immediately clear why the murder charge against Mian has been withdrawn.

Generally speaking, the Crown must weigh a number of factors when deciding whether to proceed with a prosecution, including whether there is a reasonable prospect of conviction and whether the prosecution is in the public interest.