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Danville Express

Community Pulse - May 2, 2008

Bulletin

Water spray leads to 'assault with deadly weapon'

A spar between two employees of Big O Tires in Danville got out of hand last Friday when a man ended up shot and wounded by a pellet gun.

It started when one employee accidentally squirted another with a water hose, around 4:30 p.m.

"That employee took offense to being squirted with water and consequently sprayed brake cleaning fluid on the guy with the water hose," said Danville police Lt. Mark Williams.

The first employee, at that point thoroughly miffed, squirted back with the water hose on purpose.

The second employee retrieved a fully automatic airsoft gun and shot the man with the water hose multiple times in the torso.

The shooter, Timothy Hofmann, 47, of San Ramon, was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon.

The victim received several puncture-type welts on his upper torso and was treated at the scene.

"It just was a spontaneous kind of incident," said Williams. "One thing led to another, things escalated real quickly. And in this case got out of control."

--Meghan Neal

Student cited for knife at Los Cerros

A 13-year-old boy was found with a 3-1/2 inch knife at Los Cerros Middle School in Danville.

The student claimed he forgot the knife was in his pants pocket when he got dressed that morning, Monday, April 21.

"He didn't think it was in his pocket when he brought it to school, didn't think about it," said Lt. Mark Williams of the Danville Police.

The teen didn't threaten anyone, Williams noted.

The boy's parents were notified and the boy was cited to the Danville Police Department's in-house juvenile diversion program.

"Something that seems so innocent could turn into a crime, especially when you involve an educational institution such as a school," Williams said.

It's not illegal for a youth to have a knife; that's left up to parents' discretion, he said. However as soon as he or she sets foot on school property with the weapon, it becomes a criminal offense.

Williams said it's important for parents to understand the distinction, but he's confident schools do a good job of educating students and parents about the law.

--Meghan Neal

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