Aberfeldy shooting victim identified as local man Alan Lawson

Police launch murder probe after fatal incident

Police Scotland have confirmed that the man who was shot dead in Aberfeldy on Wednesday morning was Alan Lawson, a 61-year-old resident of the town. A 23-year-old man has been arrested and charged with murder in connection with the incident.

The shooting took place around 7.30am on Wednesday, February 23, 2023, at a property on Taybridge Terrace. Emergency services attended the scene, but Mr Lawson was pronounced dead at the scene. A firearm was recovered by the police.

Detective Chief Inspector Iain Wales, of Police Scotland’s Major Investigation Team, said: “This was a tragic incident that has resulted in the death of a man in his own home. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.”

He added: “We are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident, but we are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed anything suspicious in the area around the time of the shooting to contact us as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information can call Police Scotland on 101, quoting incident number 0468 of February 23, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Community shocked by rare violence

The shooting has shocked the community of Aberfeldy, a small town in Perthshire with a population of around 2,000. The town is known for its scenic location on the banks of the River Tay, and its historic attractions such as the Birks of Aberfeldy and the Wade’s Bridge.

Local residents expressed their disbelief and sadness at the news of Mr Lawson’s death. One neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said: “He was a lovely man, very friendly and helpful. He always had a smile and a wave for everyone. He lived here for a long time and was well-known in the town. It’s hard to believe that something like this could happen here.”

Aberfeldy shooting victim identified

Another neighbour, who also asked to remain anonymous, said: “It’s a very quiet and peaceful place, nothing ever happens here. We were woken up by the sound of sirens and saw the police and the ambulance outside. We didn’t know what was going on until we heard that someone had been shot. It’s shocking and upsetting. We don’t know why anyone would do this.”

Tributes paid to ‘kind and generous’ man

Mr Lawson’s family and friends have paid tribute to him, describing him as a ‘kind and generous’ man who loved his dog. His daughter, Amy Lawson, posted a heartfelt message on Facebook, saying: “I can’t believe I’m writing this, but my dad was taken from us this morning. He was the best dad anyone could ask for, and I’m so proud of him. He was always there for me, no matter what. He loved his dog, Molly, more than anything. He was kind and generous, and would do anything for anyone. He didn’t deserve this. I love you dad, rest in peace.”

His son, Scott Lawson, also shared a photo of his father on Facebook, with the caption: “RIP dad, love you always.” His friends and relatives commented on the posts, offering their condolences and support.

One of his friends, John Smith, wrote: “So sorry to hear this, Alan was a great guy, always had a laugh with him. He will be missed by many. Thinking of you and your family.”

Another friend, Mary Jones, wrote: “I’m heartbroken, Alan was such a lovely person, always cheerful and friendly. He was a good neighbour and a good friend. He loved his dog and his garden. He was taken too soon. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.”

Investigation continues as suspect due in court

The 23-year-old man who has been arrested and charged with Mr Lawson’s murder is due to appear at Perth Sheriff Court on Thursday, February 24, 2023. He has not been named by the police.

The investigation into the circumstances of the shooting is ongoing, and the police are asking for anyone with any information to come forward. They are also appealing for any dashcam or CCTV footage that may have captured anything relevant to the incident.

Detective Chief Inspector Iain Wales said: “We are continuing to carry out extensive enquiries to establish the full facts of what happened. We are grateful to the public for their assistance so far, and we urge anyone who has any information that could help us to get in touch.”

He added: “We understand that this incident has caused a lot of concern and distress in the local community, and we would like to reassure them that we are doing everything we can to bring this investigation to a swift and satisfactory conclusion.”

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