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Brother Kills Sister at House Party in Barstow

BARSTOW, Calif – ( A 23-year-old Victorville man is charged with murdering his stepsister at a house party in Barstow.

On Saturday, August 6, 2016 at 2:22 a.m. Barstow deputies and paramedics responded to the 25000 block of Avenida Laredo reference a report of a gunshot victim.

The victim, later identified as 22-year-old Phelan resident Samantha Jean Hedger, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Homicide Investigators determined the Samantha and her step-brother 23-year-old Victorville resident Joshua Inscho went to a party at the location.

While at the party, Inscho was involved in an argument with another male and pointed a handgun at the other partygoer.

Police say at that time Samantha and another person grabbed Inscho and he fired the gun striking Samantha.

Inscho fled from the location in a vehicle. Barstow deputies, Victorville Deputy Higuera and K9 Raider, CHP and Specialized Enforcement units searched the area and located Inscho hiding in a storm drain just after 9:00 a.m. Inscho was taken into custody without incident and will be booked for PC187- Murder.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact Sheriff’s Homicide Detail, Detective Justin Giles at (909)387-3589. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at

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