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Man shoots neighbor with air rifle

October 26, 2012

Two fought over property lines

FROM STAFF REPORTS

LUCERNE VALLEY • A Lucerne Valley man assaulted his neighbor and then shot him with an air rifle after the two got into a fight over property lines, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s officials said Friday.

Aaron Kendall Wyatt, 54, is jailed at West Valley Detention Center on charges of assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily harm and making terrorist threats.

Deputies had been called numerous times to the 10600 block of Carada Road as the two neighbors argued over property lines for months. Tensions came to a head on Tuesday, when Wyatt allegedly hit the victim and told him he was going to kill him before spraying the man with pepper spray, according to a statement from the sheriff’s Victor Valley station.

The victim was trying to hide behind a nearby shed when Wyatt shot him in the stomach area with an air rifle and caused a bleeding wound, sheriff’s officials said.

Deputy Shane Anderson arrested Wyatt at his home. He pleaded not guilty to both charges on Thursday and is being held on $100,000 bail.

Along with several vehicle code violations, a search of court records shows Wyatt was convicted in 2005 of disturbing the peace and was charged in June with vandalism, though that case was dismissed.