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Siskiyou County man accused of firing gun at wife, mother

Deputies also reportedly found 300 illegal marijuana plants when they arrived at the property.

Posted: Mar 21, 2019 3:45 PM

YREKA, Ore. — A Siskiyou County man is in law enforcement custody after an alleged domestic violence incident in which he fired a gun at his family members, according to the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office (SCSO).

Dispatch received a "disturbing the peace call involving a possible domestic violence incident with an allegation of 'shots fired'" just before 11 p.m. on Wednesday night, SCSO said. The call came from a house in the 11000 block of Martin Drive in the Mt. Shasta Vista subdivision, just over 22 miles southeast of Yreka.

According to the caller, her husband — 53-year-old Lee Xeng Yang — got angry during an argument at their house. Yang allegedly went outside and fired a handgun. When the woman and her mother followed him outside, "Yang allegedly discharged the firearm in their direction," SCSO said.

The alleged victim, her mother and five children then fled the scene and went elsewhere. Deputies soon found them to begin the investigation and find the family shelter for the night.

Deputies found Yang the next morning, just before 9 a.m. He was arrested without incident on charges of willful child endangerment, negligent discharge of a firearm, assault with a deadly weapon, and making criminal threats. Investigators also found 300 illegal marijuana plants on the property, and SCSO said that it anticipates more charges for the plants as well.

"Additional charges, including attempted arson and other offenses may be filed at a later time with the Siskiyou County District Attorney’s Office, pending further investigation," SCSO said.

Investigators found a gun at the scene that they believe to be the one fired during the domestic violence incident.

Deputies also contacted Child Protective Services (CPS) "due to the circumstances surrounding the incident and observations made at the scene." CPS will be looking into the family's living conditions at the house.

"We are very thankful Mr. Yang was taken into custody without anyone getting hurt and we are relieved the victims of this incident escaped serious injury and are now safe," said Sheriff Jon Lopey. "The deputies and departmental leaders involved in this situation were able to resolve a potentially dangerous situation without serious incident, which is always a positive outcome. We appreciate CPS’s assistance as well. This case is still under investigation and anyone with information about this case is urged to contact the SCSO’s 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900)."

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