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Man arrested for attempted murder after attacking family member with an axe

APPLE VALLEY, Calif. ( — A man is facing attempted murder charges after using an axe to attack a family member, officials said.

Zachery Scott Koger, 29, was arrested on February 18, 2019, after deputies responded to a disturbance call on the 16200 block of Pauhauska Road.

Officials said when deputies arrived they located two adult male family members in the roadway.

“One of the subjects had a large wound to his forehead and was bleeding profusely. The second male subject attempted to flee the area when deputies arrived but was detained after a brief foot pursuit,” stated Sheriff’s Service Specialist Jackie Alban.

After further investigation, it was determined the two subjects had a verbal argument which escalated into a physical altercation.

“During the physical altercation, one subject retrieved an axe, hitting the other subject in the forehead causing the injury,” stated Alban.

Alban said the victim was transported to a local hospital and was treated for his injuries.  

Koger was booked into the High Desert Detention Center for violation of PC664/187(a) attempted murder. He’s being held on a $225,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in a Victorville courtroom on February 25, 2019.

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