Ex-Deputy Fatally Shoots Neighbor: Officials

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A former Riverside County sheriff’s deputy fatally shot his neighbor Monday over a dispute, authorities said.

The shooting took place about 5:15 p.m. in the 23900 block of Wildwood Lane in Crestline, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release.

Arriving deputies found Michael Paul Clark, 38, of Crestline with a gunshot wound. He was taken to St. Bernardine Medical Center in San Bernardino, where he was pronounced dead.

Deputies took 53-year-old Steve Baumgartner of Crestline into custody in connection with the shooting. He was booked for murder, San Bernardino sheriff’s officials said.

Homicide investigators said the shooting stemmed from a verbal dispute between the neighbors.

Baumgartner last worked for the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998, a department official told NBC4.

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