Police arrest alleged shooter

By Bill Rautenstrauch, The Observer February 13, 2013 11:41 am

Fitzgerald
Fitzgerald
 

Dustin Lee Fitzgerald suspected in Friday drive-by shooting in La Grande

A La Grande man allegedly involved in a drive-by shooting and an assault on a family member with a baseball bat is lodged in the Union County jail today on an array of charges.

Lt. Derick Reddington of the La Grande Police Department said that Dustin Lee Fitzgerald, 30, was arrested Tuesday afternoon following an incident in which Fitzgerald, armed with a bat, chased his father into a residence on 25th Street.  

The father locked the door, called police, and Fitzgerald was taken into custody without further incident. No injuries were reported.

Reddington said officers had been seeking Fitzgerald since receiving a tip that he was involved in the shooting incident, which happened about 11:30 p.m. Friday in the 700 block of C Avenue. Police termed the shooting a drive-by.

In that incident, someone fired three shots at an occupied house, though no one was hurt. Reddington said one bullet penetrated the house, a second lodged in the exterior wall and a third ricocheted off the exterior wall.

Reddington said Fitzgerald’s ex-girlfriend lives in the house and that she had a restraining order against Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald is charged with three counts of unlawful use of a weapon, attempted assault in the second degree, disorderly conduct in the second degree, two counts of menacing, three counts of reckless endangering, three counts of discharging a firearm across a highway, criminal mischief in the second degree, being a felon in possession of a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon, and restraining order violation.

He was also cited on a charge of possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.

Reddington said police recovered the weapon believed to have been used in the shooting. He said the weapon will be sent to the crime lab for tests.

Reddington said investigation continues. Det. Jason Hays is the lead officer in the case.