LANCASTER – A deputy making an early morning traffic stop in Lancaster Sunday was greeted by a hail of gunfire, according to a Sheriff’s press report. The bullets missed the deputy, but hit the storefronts of two local businesses near the intersection of Avenue J and 20th Street West.
Authorities arrested 29-year-old Donald Ray Scott of Palmdale near the scene. A second possible suspect, 34-year-old Wilbur Winston Williams of Lancaster, was arrested at 10:02 a.m. Sunday near the 44000 block of Fern Avenue. Both suspected were booked for Attempted Murder on a Peace Officer and each are being held on $1 million bail.
The following is the press report from the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.
Multiple shots were fired at a Lancaster sheriff’s deputy Sunday at 2:20 a.m. when he attempted to make a traffic stop of a suspected drunk driver.
The incident began when the suspect vehicle pulled into a parking lot near the intersection of Avenue J and 20th Street West, followed by the deputy in his marked black and white sheriff’s radio car.
Several shots were fired from the suspect vehicle in the direction of the deputy. The gunfire missed the deputy, but the storefronts of two local businesses were hit by gun shots, including at least one round that shattered a window. No people were hit.
The suspect vehicle and its two occupants fled the scene and the deputy immediately requested backup deputies via his sheriff’s radio. The deputy followed the path he last saw the suspect vehicle, which was northbound onto the 14 freeway from Avenue J.
While searching for the suspects, the deputy found that the suspect vehicle had collided into a fence on Avenue I at the freeway off ramp. The two suspects fled the vehicle on foot.
Assisting Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies quickly arrived and set up a containment (surrounded the area) and located and detained one of the suspects in a field north of Avenue I. 29-year old Suspect Donald Ray Scott of Palmdale, who is on Probation, was arrested at the scene.
The second suspect was not found at the scene during the search.
A handgun was found in the suspects’ vehicle.
The investigation continued through the early morning hours, and at 10:02 a.m. Sunday, a second possible suspect, 34-year old Suspect Wilbur Winston Williams of Lancaster, was located and arrested by sheriff’s investigators near on the 44000 block of Fern Avenue in Lancaster.
Both suspects were booked at Lancaster Sheriff’s Station for Attempted Murder on a Peace Officer and are each being held on $1,000,000.00 bail.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Lancaster Sheriff’s Station detectives at 661-948-8466. Or if you wish to remain Anonymous, call “LA Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), or text the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637,) or using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org