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The Region : Four Men Arrested in Sniper Incident

July 21, 1986

Four men who allegedly fired shots at a group of fishermen near Big Tujunga Canyon above Sunland were arrested by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies. The fishermen ran for cover after several bullets struck within inches of them, Deputy Sam Jones said. However, no one was hurt. Deputies used the sound of gunfire to locate the snipers on a highway turnout above Big Tujunga Dam, about 600 yards from where the fishermen were cornered, Jones said. Two .22-caliber rifles outfitted with telescopes and binoculars were recovered and deputies said they found numerous expended cartridge cases. Dean Takahashi, 22; Mauricio Garcia, 18; Rene Borje, 20, and Maurice Morgan II, 21, all of Los Angeles, were booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and were held in lieu of $2,000 bail each.

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