By Douglas W. Motley
On Sunday, May 15, deputies from the Twin Peaks Sheriff’s Station responded to a report of a shooting at a residence in the 23700 block of Pioneer Camp Road, around the corner from the Shell gas station in Crestline.
The investigation revealed that Crestline resident Dahn Cho allegedly shot the victim, John Knauff, during an argument at a neighbor’s home. According to sheriff’s media, Knauff sustained a non-life-threatening injury and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.
Nearby neighbors told The Alpine Mountaineer around 6 p.m. that Knauff had slashed one or more of Cho’s tires and that Cho was seeking revenge. In the meantime, the Sheriff’s Specialized Enforcement Detail arrived at the corner of Lake Drive and Pioneer Camp, with 14 heavily armed deputies and military-style tactical vehicles, including a small skid-steer vehicle with a battering ram on its front end, which was seen parked at the Shell station.
After the shooting, Cho reportedly returned to his residence, just prior to the arrival of the deputies. Cho, who was barricaded at his residence for about six hours, refused to respond to deputies’ repeated requests for him to exit the front entrance of the residence.
With an armed sheriff’s sniper stationed on the front deck across the street from the suspect’s house, a drone circling above and a half-dozen deputies stationed next to a large, armored vehicle, a dozen more deputies arrived around 6:30 p.m., with the skid-steer preceding them and then stationing itself in the suspect’s front yard.
Meanwhile, deputies using a bullhorn continued announcing, “This is the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. We have a warrant for your arrest and a warrant to search your residence. Please come out the front door with your hands up. We do not want to hurt you.”
Finally, around 7:15 p.m., Cho slowly exited the home with his arms held high while several deputies frisked him for weapons, handcuffed him and then led him to an awaiting sheriff’s patrol vehicle where he was seated in the back seat and then whisked away.
Cho was subsequently booked into the sheriff’s Central Detention Center in San Bernardino in lieu of $1,000,000 bail.
The Alpine Mountaineer will continue to follow this story.