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Rental Vehicle Dispute Ends With Shots Fired



BARSTOW, Calif. ( A 30-year-old Barstow man is behind bars on attempted murder charges after a dispute over a rental vehicle, authorities said.

On December 25, 2016, at approximately 10:15 AM, Barstow Police Department Officers responded to the 1200 block of Windy Pass reference a report of shots fired.

Through witness statements officer Arias, learned that Damien Devon Williams, 30, a resident of Barstow, and Diana Williams were involved in an argument over a rental vehicle.

“Damien Williams was threatening to leave the victim and move back to the Los Angeles, California area,” stated a press release.

According to the release, “Damien Williams went inside of their residence to gather his property and at the same time the victim entered the rental vehicle and drove down the street. Damien Williams came back outside and observed the victim had taken the rental vehicle.”

That’s when authorities say, Damien Williams fired one shot at Diana Williams with a revolver style handgun.

The victim stopped the vehicle in an alley and fled on foot. The suspect walked to the vehicle and eventually left the scene towards an unknown location.

Through Officer Arias’ investigation, he was able to positively identified Damien Williams as the shooting suspect.

On January 17, 2017, at approximately 9:55 a.m., Officer Arias was patrolling the 1200 block of Windy Pass when he observed a male subject matching the description of Damien Williams. Officer Arias contacted that subject and was able to positively identify him as Damien Williams.

Damien Williams was arrested for attempted murder and booked into the San Bernardino County Jail in Barstow.

According to public court records, Damien is currently charged with PC245(A)(2) assault with a firearm on a person. His bail is set at $100,000 and is scheduled to appear in court on January 19th.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer Arias at the Barstow Police Department at (760) 256-2211. Those wishing to remain anonymous may also report criminal activity by calling the WE-Tip hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME or may leave information on the We-Tip website at


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