Man Fires Shot During Dispute

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LA MESA -- Police Tuesday night arrested 46-year-old Ronald Neville of La Mesa after he allegedly pointed a loaded gun at a neighbor during a confrontation and then accidently firing the weapon into his own apartment.

Police said that at 9:28 P.M., officers responded to a report of a man brandishing a handgun at an apartment complex, located in the 4700 block of Jessie Avenue.

While officers were en route to the location, there was a second report of a gun shot heard. Officers arriving at the scene located and interviewed witnesses as a perimeter was established around the apartment complex. A phone call was made into the Neville's apartment. Police said Neville cooperated with officers at the scene and exited his apartment without incident.

After interviews with witnesses, officers determined that an argument began between two neighbors at the apartment complex. During the argument, a 33-year-old male victim confronted Neville at his front door. Neville allegedly was armed with a .38 caliber revolver and pointed the gun at the victim’s head and threatened to shoot him if he did anything. The victim fled back to his apartment and the suspect turned to re-enter his apartment. While Neville was trying to de-cock the revolver, police charge that he accidentally fired a round into a speaker stand in his living room. The gun and the expended round were recovered at the scene. There were no injuries.

Neville was booked into San Diego County Jail on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, Criminal Threats and Negligent Discharge of a Firearm.


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