APPLE VALLEY – The suspect who shot a man in the back of the head during an altercation at an Apple Valley Target on Memorial Day then was shot by deputies at his home the following day was charged earlier this week.
A warrant was issued for the arrest of Dearld Edward Wicker, 41, on Tuesday, May 30, 2017, the day following the shooting. A photo of Wicker was released to the public along with a news release. Later that day, at around 6:08 p.m. deputies arrived at his home in the 25000 block of Flathead Road to follow up on the investigation. When they arrived the suspect came out of his home armed with a handgun and fired at the deputies. No deputies were injured, but at least one deputy returned fire, causing the suspect to retreat back into his home.
The deputy relayed what went occurred and requested backup and for medical aid to respond to the location for the possibly wounded suspect. Soon after, the suspect called 911 stating that he was injured and unable to leave the home due to his injuries. Deputies in fear for their safety hesitated to enter the home but eventually entered. Wicker was found lying on the ground with several gunshot wounds to his arm and face. The suspect was transported to St Mary’s Medical Center and airlifted to a trauma center for treatment.
The suspect was booked into the West Valley Detention Center for Attempted Murder, Assault With Firearm On Person, and Felon in Possession of a Firearm. Formal charges were filed on Monday, June 5, 2017. The arraignment hearing is delayed for medical reasons per court records. Wicker is being held on $1,000,000 bail.
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- Dearld-Edward-Wicker: SBCoSo | File Photo