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Susanville man charged with attempted murder

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 — A Susanville man was charged with attempted murder after Susanville Police Department officers responded to an alleged altercation with a firearm at about 12:15 p.m. Friday, May 23 in the area of the 1600 block of Fifth Street.

According to a press release from the police department, two people in the Susanville Grocery Outlet parking lot stopped officers en route to the scene and claimed Jerome Thomas, 21, allegedly fired several shots with a rifle toward their vehicle.

The witnesses claimed Thomas fired the shots during a verbal altercation over a relationship with a woman.

While still at the scene, Thomas contacted officers and was identified by the two subjects. He was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Lassen County Jail. In addition to attempted murder, he was charged with assault with a firearm and shooting at an occupied vehicle, according to the release. Thomas is being held on $70,000 bail.

The Lassen County Sheriff’s Office, the Lassen County District Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement officers aided the police department during the investigation.

The case is still under investigation and anyone with further information is encouraged to call the police department’s 24-hour dispatch at 257-2171. Callers can remain anonymous.

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