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Victorville man arrested after firing sawed off shotgun to scare off coyotes

VICTORVILLE, Calif. ( — A Victorville man was arrested after firing a sawed-off shotgun into the air to scare away coyotes, police said.

It happened on Wednesday, January 2, 2019, in the 13900 block of Zing Road in Victorville.

Just before 11:00 pm, deputies were dispatched to investigate reports of shots fired in the area.

Deputy Geoffrey Solorio arrived and was directed to a residence where neighbors believed the shots had been fired, officials said.

“Upon making contact with the resident, it was learned Isaias Ramirez heard coyotes in the area and was afraid his dog would be attacked by them. Ramirez took his shotgun outside and fired a round into the air to scare away any coyotes,” stated a sheriff’s news release.

Isaias Ramirez, 39, was arrested for negligent discharge of a firearm and when the shotgun was recovered it was found to have had the barrel sawed off, officials said.

Ramirez was booked into the High Desert Detention Center on charges of negligent discharge and possession of a short-barreled shotgun. He is currently being held in lieu of $50,000 bail. 

Anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to contact Deputy Solorio at Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station, (760) 552-6801. Persons wishing to remain anonymous can report information to WeTip by calling 1-800-78-CRIME, or by accessing the website at

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