LANCASTER – Authorities have identified a suspect in the fatal shooting of a man killed in Lancaster last month following a dispute over his dog.
Demonte Antone Thomas, 27, is wanted for the murder of Michael Davis, homicide detectives announced Wednesday.
Davis, 22, was found shot to death around 10:38 p.m. June 26 in a parking lot in the 600 block of East Avenue H-14 in Lancaster.
In a news release issued Wednesday, homicide detectives detailed the alleged circumstances surrounding the shooting:
“On June 26, 2015, Mr. Davis was shot to death following a dispute over his dog. Earlier in the day, his poodle was run over by a car in the parking lot of the location. Davis chased down the driver (suspect Demonte Thomas), demanding that he help pay for any needed medical expenses for his injured pet. Thomas sped off and later returned to shoot Davis, who died at the scene.His vehicle is described as a white 1985 Chevy Blazer, CA license plate number 5GIT365.
Davis was shot at least six times. He leaves behind a pregnant girlfriend and a son.”
Homicide detectives are seeking the public’s assistance in obtaining any information related to the apprehension of Demonte Thomas. He is considered armed and dangerous, according to sheriff’s officials. View the LASD special bulletin here.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau, Detective O’Quinn or Detive D. Morris, at 323-890-5500. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).
UPDATED 1/5/16: Demonte Antone Thomas was located and arrested on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, according to LASD inmate records. Thomas is charged with the murder of Michael Davis, and the felony complaint includes gun allegations, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Thomas was scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday, Jan. 5, but the arraignment was postponed to Jan. 25, said LADA spokesperson Ricardo Santiago.
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