ACTON – A 39-year-old Acton business owner was shot to death after a fight Wednesday afternoon.
The incident happened shortly before 2 p.m. in front of a home in the 1500 block of Eagle Butte Road, according to sheriff’s homicide investigators.
“The victim and suspect got into a verbal and physical altercation. It’s unknown at this time what the fight was about, but at some point during that fight, the suspect produced a firearm and shot the victim one time in the upper torso area,” said Sheriff’s Homicide Lt. Holly Francisco. “The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.”
The victim’s name has not been released, pending next of kin notification; however, sources at the scene said the victim was the owner of the Acton Water Company.
An Acton Water Company truck driver was near the suspect’s home for water delivery when the two got into some kind of altercation, sources said.
The owner came to the residence to see what was going on, and then the owner got into an argument with the suspect that escalated into a fight, sources said. Sometime during the fight the suspect pulled out a gun, shot the business owner to death and then left the scene.
Deputies found the suspect in the area shortly after the shooting.
“The suspect was taken into custody without incident,” Francisco said. The suspect’s name had not been released as of 9 p.m. Wednesday, but detectives said he is a 56-year-old White male.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. If you would like to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers 800-222-TIPS (8477).
UPDATED 5/16/13: The victim has been identified as 39-year-old Christopher L. Demyen of Acton, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.
UPDATED 5/16/13 @8:45 pm: Authorities have released the name and booking photo of the suspect arrested in connection with the shooting death of Acton Water Company owner Christopher Demyen.
The suspect has been identified as 56 year-old Acton resident Scott Shipley.
Shipley has been booked for murder at the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station and is being held in lieu of $1 million. He has a court date scheduled for May 17 at the Antelope Valley Court.
According to a press release issued by the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau just minutes ago: “The victim and suspect reportedly became involved in an argument over a vehicle parking issue, and at some point during the argument, the suspect shot the victim.”
UPDATED 5/17/13: Scott Shipley was charged with one count of murder Friday (May 17), according to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office. Shipley appeared in an Antelope Valley courtroom Friday, but his arraignment was postponed until June 17.
UPDATE 8/21/13: SCOTT SHIPLEY TO STAND TRIAL FOR MURDER. After a preliminary hearing today, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge determined there was sufficient evidence for Scott Shipley to stand trial for the murder of Christopher Demyen. Shipley will return to court again on Sept. 21 for a second arraignment, which will be held in room A21 at Antelope Valley courthouse.