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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Fugitive sex offender shot dead

11-7-2010 California:

LUCERNE VALLEY — Sheriff’s detectives shot and killed a fugitive sex offender they say was reaching for a gun when they confronted him Thursday.

William Henry, a 41-year-old resident of Lucerne Valley, was a wanted felon who had removed the GPS tracking device he was required to wear as a term of his parole.

The Sheriff’s Department gave its version of events in a news release issued Friday:

Around 12:35 p.m. Thursday, detectives were watching a home in the 7600 block of Camp Rock Road, where they had learned Henry might be staying.

The detectives saw Henry enter a garage at the residence. When they tried to make contact with Henry, he pointed a handgun at them.

Detectives fired an undetermined number of rounds at Henry, who was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:38 p.m.

The sheriff’s homicide division is investigating the incident.

The Victorville Daily Press reports Henry removed his ankle monitor in September after a fight with his child’s mother.

He was arrested in 2003 for oral copulation of a person under the age of 16, court records show. He was charged with 10 sex crimes, including two counts of raping with a foreign object a person under the age of 16 and four counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child age 14 or 15, according to media reports.

He eventually pleaded guilty to rape and was sentenced to six years in prison. ..Source.. by Hi-Desert Star

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