A solicitor who was shot in the head with a sawn-off shotgun has died from his injuries, police said today.

James Ward, 58, was left fighting for his life after a man walked into his office and shot him while he worked at his desk in Devizes.

The married father of three, from Westbury, Wiltshire, was taken to hospital where his family have maintained a bedside vigil since the shooting on July 2.

Wiltshire Police said Mr Ward died yesterday in hospital.

Businessman Michael Chudley, 62, originally from Rowde, Wiltshire, has been charged with attempted murder.

Chudley, of no fixed address, will appear at Winchester Crown Court on September 24.

He is accused of the attempted murder of Mr Ward, making threats to kill Daphne Courtney, possession of a sawn-off shotgun with intent to cause fear of violence to Daphne Courtney and carrying a firearm with criminal intent to commit an indictable offence, namely murder.

Mr Ward was the principal solicitor of Morris, Goddard & Ward legal firm in St John's Street.

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