Man Shot Dead in Shasta Lake, Detectives Say Victim's Friend to Blame
A man was shot and killed early Sunday morning by a homeowner who detectives said was protecting his home and those around him from the victim's angry friend.
Investigators with the Shasta County Sheriff's Office said an unidentified man shot at the van of 28-year-old William Thietje after he allegedly rammed his van into a parked Cadillac outside of a City of Shasta Lake home.
According to authorities Thietje and an unidentified passenger showed up at a home on the 1700 block of Ashby Road around 12 a.m. to see Thietje's ex-girlfriend, Geraldine Walker.
Witnesses said Thietje was mad at Walker and was driving up and down Ashby Road at high speeds. They said he eventually rammed his van into Walker's parked Cadillac sending it flying into a fence and into the home's yard.
Tim Bailey, 30, lives across the street and said when he saw all the commotion he ran to the home to see if he could help.
Bailey told KRCR News Channel when he got to the house Thietje began threatening the people in the yard and rammed his van into the Cadillac again, this time narrowly missing Bailey.
"I was trying to run away and I could feel the car's bumper on the back on my legs," recounted Bailey.
Investigators with the Sheriff's Office said the homeowner recognized Bailey was in danger and fired several shots at the van.
"At first I thought the person in the van was shooting at me. As I was running I heard, bam, bam, bam," said Bailey.
One of the shots struck the passenger in Thietje's van.
Detectives said Thietje's actions forced the homeowner to shoot.
Thietje was arrested for involuntary manslaughter for the death of the passenger as well as felony assault.
On Sunday morning Bailey said it had been difficult to get sleep after the whole ordeal.
He said he was thankful to be alive but said it's tragic case because someone lost their life over someone else's actions.
The Sheriff's Office said the investigation is still ongoing and the name of the victim is being withheld until his family is notified.