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