A Duarte Duroc Crip gang member who was intentionally shot by a member of his own gang on July 30th, 2011 was arrested in possession of an assault rifle and a .45 caliber pistol. On the day of the shooting, Demonte Dixon was attending an annual celebration with numerous members of his gang at Bonelli Regional Park, San Dimas. Investigators from the Sheriff’s Department Operation Safe Streets Bureau, say that Dixon became involved in an argument with another member of the gang who shot Dixon in the chest with a revolver. Immediately after the shooting, there was an overwhelming police response during which time several potential witnesses were interviewed, but all were uncooperative in fear of retaliation by gang members. Dixon himself was interviewed from his hospital bed, but refused to cooperate with the investigation. At that time, it was revealed that Dixon was on active parole for a year 2000 conviction for transportation of cocaine.
A break in the case came when investigators received an anonymous tip from the “WeTip” hotline, identifying Dixon’s shooter as Antoine Lee, a fellow gang member.
A records check of Lee revealed that Lee was also on active parole for weapons and drug possession. The tipster stated that at the time of the shooting, both Lee and Dixon were in possession of handguns and that the two had been friends until a recent falling out.
With the possible shooter identified, investigators again attempted to solicit the cooperation of Dixon but to no avail. Because there were no witnesses willing to testify in court and because Dixon himself refused to provide information, investigators were unable to make an arrest for the shooting. However, information verified during the two-month investigation provided enough probable cause to suspect both Dixon and Lee of weapons possession by a convicted felon. A search warrant was granted and on September 3, 2011 Operation Safe Streets Bureau gang investigators served warrants at seven locations in Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.
When deputies approached Dixon’s apartment, they saw him throw an assault rifle through an open bedroom window onto the ground outside. He was arrested without incident and a search was conducted that turned up an additional .45 caliber pistol linked to Dixon. Dixon’s girlfriend indentified as China Maria McClane a female adult was present during the search and arrested for possession of cocaine.
Antoine Lee was not home during the search of his residence. He was located some time later by San Bernardino police officers and was in possession of a Tech-9 assault weapon during his arrest.
At this time, the Los Angeles County District Attorney has filed charges against Dixon for weapons possession. In San Bernardino County, the district attorney’s office is considering filing charges against Antoine Lee for weapons possession by and ex-felon. Due to a lack of a cooperating victim and witnesses, no charges will be filed for the shooting of Demonte Dixon by Antoine Lee.
Pending any leads yet to be revealed, the investigation into this shooting has been closed.
For additional information please contact:
Sergeant Luis Trejo
Operation Safe Streets Bureau
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
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