Updated 5/9/12: Matthew Ridgway has been charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, making criminal threats, battery, dissuading a witness, false imprisonment, and brandishing a firearm. He pled not guilty to all counts Tuesday and was denied a request to be released on his own recognizance, according to court records. His bail was raised to $405,000. Ridgway is due back in court on May 18 for a preliminary hearing.
ANTELOPE VALLEY – Late Saturday night, Lancaster deputies responded to a Lake Los Angeles home and shot a man who was allegedly armed with a rifle, wore a ballistic vest, and said he was “prepared to go to war,” according to a press release issued by the Lancaster Station.
Matthew Ridgway, 29, had also beaten up his 60-year-old mother and threatened her with a gun, according to the release. Deputies shot Ridgway in his neighbor’s shed, the release states. Ridgway was struck in his mid-section.
He was transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries and then arrested for Assault with a Deadly Weapon-Firearm and booked at the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station on $50,000.00 bail. No deputies were injured in the incident. Additionally, a .233 caliber rifle and a ballistic vest were recovered at the scene, officials said.
The following is the press release issued Sunday from the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station:
Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau detectives are continuing their investigation into the circumstances surrounding a deputy-involved shooting.
The shooting occurred at 11:45 p.m., Saturday, May 5, 2012, in the 39600 block of 167th Street East, Lake Los Angeles, in the unincorporated east Antelope Valley, in north Los Angeles County.
Detectives have learned that Lancaster Sheriff’s Station deputies responded to a residence in the 16000 block of MacKenna’s Gold Avenue, Lake Los Angeles, where they contacted the victim outside of the location.
The victim, a 60-year-old woman, told deputies her son had beaten her up and threatened her with a gun. The victim also told deputies her son, 29-year old Suspect Matthew Ridgway, was armed with a rifle, wearing a ballistic vest and said he was “prepared to go to war.”
Before deputies could contact Suspect Ridgway, they saw him run out of the back of the residence with a rifle and wearing a ballistic vest.
Deputies located the suspect in the 39600 block of 167th Street East, Lake Los Angeles, hiding in a neighbor’s shed, where a Deputy-Involved Shooting occurred.
Suspect Ridgway was medically treated then booked for Assault with a Deadly Weapon-Firearm at Lancaster Sheriff’s Station, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, where he is being held in lieu of $50,000.00 bail.
The mother of the suspect was medically treated for her injuries and released. No deputies were injured by gunfire.
Whenever a Deputy-Involved Shooting occurs involving Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies, and it results in a wounding, multiple independent investigations immediately begin at the scene. These include separate investigations by the Office of the Los Angeles County District Attorney, as well as investigations by Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau and Internal Affairs Bureau. Attorneys with the Los Angeles Office of Independent Review also respond to the scene, and have full access to the facts known to the Sheriff’s Department throughout every phase of these investigations. Once concluded, every aspect of the shooting is reviewed by the Sheriff’s Executive Force Review Committee.