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80-Year-Old Phelan Man Arrested For Shooting at Roommate

PHELAN, Calif. ( An 80-year-old Phelan man was arrested after getting into a dispute with his roommate and attempting to shoot him.

On Thursday, March 23, 2017, at approximately 12:13 am deputies from the Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station were dispatched to a report of a dispute at a residence in the 14400 block of Tumbleweed Road in the community of Phelan.

Deputy Sean Byrne responded to the residence and learned a dispute had occurred between roommates at the location.

During the dispute, the suspect, Ronald Patterson, went into the residence and retrieved a 22 caliber handgun. Patterson fired 2 rounds towards the victim, however, neither shot struck the victim. During the investigation, Patterson opened his gun safe for deputies and inside a “simulator hand grenade” explosive device was found.

Ronald Patterson was arrested and booked at High Desert Detention Center on charges of possession of an explosive device and assault with a firearm. Patterson is currently being held in lieu of $500,000 bail.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Deputy Sean Byrne at the Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station at (760) 552-6801. Persons wishing to remain anonymous may report information to WeTip at 800-78-CRIME (27463) or by accessing WeTip’s website at

(source: Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station news release)

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