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Update: Shooting on westside leaves one dead, one arrested 

Detectives investigate claim that shooter was protecting his mother

Billy Don Law dead, John Steven Danner arrested

Update Feb. 9, 2014: Authorities have identified the person treated at the hospital for a gunshot wound as Christine Ruda, 51, the mother of the alleged shooter, John Steven Danner. Authorities say that Ruda, Danner and the man shot to death, Billy Don Law, all lived in the house in the 700 block of Klau Mine Road.

Detectives are investigating a claim by Danner that he was protecting his mother when he shot Law, the San Luis Obispo Tribune reports.

Update Feb. 8, 2014: The Coroner’s Unit of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office has identified the victim of a shooting incident on Feb. 7 in the 700 block of Klau Mine Road in rural Paso Robles. The man has been identified as 47-year-old Billy Don Law of rural Paso Robles. An autopsy is scheduled for next week. John Steven Danner, 23, of rural Paso Robles has been booked into County Jail on one count of murder.

John Danner paso robles shooting

John Steven Danner, 23, of Paso Robles.

Original story: The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a local hospital notifying deputies that doctors were treating a victim of a gunshot wound early Friday morning.

Deputies headed out to the scene and detectives began investigating a shooting incident in the 700 block of Klau Mine Road in rural Paso Robles.

Deputies determined that a shooting incident had taken place at the residence. One death was confirmed at the location. Another other victim was taken to the hospital, was treated and released with a non-life threatening gunshot wound.

One person in custody. He is identified as 23-year-old John Steven Danner of rural Paso Robles, the sheriff’s office reports. He is being charged with one count of murder. There are no other suspects outstanding.

Wardens with California Fish and Wildlife responded to the scene because there was information that live rattlesnakes were located inside the residence. The rattlesnakes have been removed from the residence.

Detectives remain at that location and are continuing to interview witnesses and process the crime scene.



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