Neighborhood evacuated after domestic disturbance involving children in Apple Valley

News headline from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department:

At around 10:00 a.m. on April 9th, Sheriff’s Dispatch received a 911 call from Amya Durgin who said she was outside her home on the 2100 block of outer Highway 18 in Apple Valley.

Durgin, 24, told a 9-1-1 operator that her former boyfriend, Jose Ramirez, had shot at her with an assault rifle and was coming after her.  Durgin also expressed concern for two children, a 3-year-old and a 7-year-old, in the home.

Durgin abruptly ended the 9-1-1 call and deputies were unable to re-establish contact to obtain further information.

Deputies arrived within one minute and found no one outside the home.  Witnesses in the area reported hearing gunshots prior to the Deputies arrival.

Several announcements were made over a public address system for the subject(s) to exit the residence without any response.   In addition to the PA announcements, Deputies made numerous attempts to call Durgin using several different phone numbers known to be used by her and by Ramirez, with no success.

Due to the serious nature of the 9-1-1 call and the reported use of an assault rifle, deputies evacuated nearby residents.

Several agencies, including CHP, Cal-Trans, and Apple Valley School Police, responded to the location to assist with road closures and to ensure the public’s safety.

A Sheriff’s SWAT team was called to the location and at approximately 4:00 p.m., Jose Ramirez and Shontque McKinnie willingly exited the residence.

Amya Durgin, her 3-year-old daughter and Ramirez’ 7-year-old son were found inside the residence unharmed.

Detectives have recovered an assault rifle and one spent casing inside the residence.  Detectives also determined that Shontque McKinnie was aware of the shooting, and had been assisting Ramirez throughout the incident.

Jose Ramirez, 32, and Shontque McKinnie, 21, were taken into custody without incident.

Ramirez was booked for attempted murder, and ShontqueMcKinnie was booked for accessory to attempted murder.  Bail for both has been set at $1,000,000.

Ramirez’ 7-year-old son was taken into protective custody by Child Protective Services.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Apple Valley Police Department at 760-240-7400. 

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012


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