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Police arrest driver in death of friend in N. California

Posted: October 29, 2012 3:22 p.m.
Updated: October 29, 2012 3:22 p.m.

REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Police say they arrested the 28-year-old driver of a van in the death of his friend, a passenger who was shot by another person in Northern California.

The Redding Record-Searchlight ( ) reports that William Roy Thietje was taken into custody Sunday for investigation of involuntary manslaughter and felony assault.

Shasta County sheriff's officials say the incident began when Thietje rammed his van into another parked car in a fit of rage while looking for an ex-girlfriend at Shasta Lake.

Officials say a nearby homeowner then shot at the van to stop it from running over a pedestrian. The bullet struck and killed Thietje's friend in the van.

Sheriff's officials say they believe Thietje's actions caused his friend's death, and the homeowner saved the pedestrian's life.

Shasta County jail officials told The Associated Press that Thietje was in custody, but they did not know if he had an attorney. A message seeking comment from Thietje was not immediately returned.


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