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Shooting suspect found in A.V. home

January 16, 2013


After a chase through an Apple Valley neighborhood Thursday, deputies arrested a Lucerne Valley man wanted for allegedly shooting at three people a month earlier.

William Lester Boone III, 22, was accused of firing a gun in front of a Lucerne Valley home on Dec. 12.

On Thursday, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Wendell Anderson and Deputy Shane Andersen got word that Boone was hiding out at a home in the 14500 block of Tonikan Road in Apple Valley.

“We made contact with the owner of the residence, and the owner gave us permission to go in and search the residence,” Anderson said. “(Boone) slammed the door shut (inside) one of the bedrooms. As we were able to get in there, he was jumping out the window.”

Boone ran through neighboring yards while Anderson and Andersen called for backup from Apple Valley deputies and a sheriff’s helicopter.
Boone was eventually spotted and captured by one of the Apple Valley deputies, Anderson said.

Boone was arrested and booked at 5 p.m. Thursday on suspicion of assault with a firearm, discharge of a firearm with gross negligence and shooting at an inhabited dwelling.

The charges stem from a Dec. 12 incident when a Lucerne Valley family refused to let Boone stay the night at their home. Boone allegedly fired three shots in the direction of three people standing on the front porch before fleeing on a quad.

Total bail for Boone was $375,000, and there is an enhancement of his charges due to a prior prison term. He faces possible state prison time if convicted.

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