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Officials: Ongoing dispute led to shooting

After being kicked out from home and arrested Saturday, suspect allegedly returns next day

Posted: July 16, 2012 5:00 a.m.
Updated: July 6, 2012 5:00 a.m.
 

 GORMAN — An ongoing feud between two cousins reached a boiling point this weekend with one man shot in the foot and charged with witness intimidation and assault with a deadly weapon, a local sheriff’s sergeant said.

On Sunday, about noon, deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station received a report of a man shot in the foot during a struggle at a remote location in the rolling foothills five miles north of the Angeles National Forest, said Sgt. Darren Harris.

Responding deputies quickly realized that the injured man was someone they had arrested less than 24 hours earlier and that the dispute was a continuation of Saturday’s quarrel between the injured man and his cousin.

Detectives believe the dispute started when one man was asked to move out of his cousin’s residence, Harris said.

The gunshot injury is not believed to be life-threatening, Harris said.

The whole thing started on Saturday shortly before 8:30 a.m. with a dispute between two men at a house in the 47000 block of Old Ridge Route Road off Highway 138.

Shots were fired but no one was injured, Sgt. Rich Nagler told The Signal on Saturday.

“The victim reported that he and his cousin had an argument,” Harris said. “The suspect ... allegedly pointed a handgun at him and fired at least one shot as the victim fled the residence and hid nearby, ultimately calling the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.”

Detectives arrested Joaquin Bin, 45, on a felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon.

Bin was booked into custody at 1:15 p.m. Saturday on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and criminal threats.

He was held in jail in Santa Clarita with bail set at $50,000.

The accused man posted bail and was released from custody shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday.

Eleven hours later, deputies found the same man shot in the foot during a dispute, Harris said.

“This was a dispute between two cousins,” he said. “The suspect (arrested Saturday) bonded out and he returned to his residence in Gorman.

“A struggle ensued between the two over the golf club and at some point a handgun was obtained by one of them,” Harris said.

“A struggle ensued over the handgun and during the struggle the gun was discharged at least two times, striking the suspect in the feet,” he said.

“The suspect fled the location and contacted a responding deputy.”

At 12:16 Sunday, paramedics with the Los Angeles County Fire Department were dispatched to Quail Lake Road at Lancaster Road, near Gorman, a department spokesman confirmed.

“They responded there to a call for a man shot in the foot,” the spokesman said.

Bin — after having received medical attention — was booked a second time by sheriff’s deputies, this time on additional new charges of assault with a deadly weapon and witness intimidation.

“We’re still investigating,” Harris said. “Exactly how the shot was fired and who discharged the weapon is all preliminary at this point in the investigation.

“It was a heated argument in which threats were made,” Harris said about Saturday’s incident. “At that time, the victim was fleeing and heard a gunshot.”

“It was a dispute about one of the parties moving out,” he said. “One cousin was telling the other he had to move out.”

jholt@the-signal.com

661-287-5527

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