Police:Man shot at infant | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Police:Man shot at infant

William Ferchland

After allegedly firing a gun at a sleeping infant and threatening his girlfriend, 35-year-old Michael Starkey was taken into custody Wednesday on suspicion of attempted murder, child neglect and felony spousal abuse.

Members of the SWAT teams with South Lake Tahoe Police and Douglas County Sheriff’s departments arrested Starkey without a struggle outside his residence in the 700 block of Anita Drive.

On Wednesday around 11 a.m., Starkey’s 29-year-old girlfriend entered the police department to speak to authorities about the night before, Lt. Martin Hewlett said. The woman said she was threatened by a gun-wielding Starkey who pointed and fired the 9 mm Taurus handgun at a 10-month-old, Hewlett said.

The infant was uninjured but the next morning the woman took the infant, left the residence and went to the police station to tell officers of the incident.

Members of the two SWAT teams set up a perimeter around the Anita Drive house. Starkey, who went outside to talk to a friend, was swarmed by waiting authorities and arrested.

Precautions were taken since Starkey owned several guns and had a “propensity of violence,” Hewlett said.

“He had several handguns and rifles at the residence,” he said.

Starkey was booked into El Dorado County jail at no bail.

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