A MAN has apparently taken his own life after shooting his ex-partner's lover near Castle Douglas.
The shooting took place in a home in the Old Bridge of Urr village on Sunday.
The dead man is thought to be motorcycle dealer Michael Paterson, 60, who allegedly shot 48-year old Phil Sayers, a GP practice manager, at around 11.40am.
It is thought the incident was as a reslut of an argument about access to Paterson's teenage children.
Police firearms teams were at the scene. Mr Sayers is serious but stable in hospital.
Detective Inspector Colin Blackley, Senior Investigating Officer in the case said: "Enquiries are currently ongoing into the circumstances leading up to and around the tragic shootings on Sunday 12 December 2010 at Old Bridge of Urr.
"Officers are keen to hear from anyone who may have any information which would help them in this enquiry."