Man shot during alleged dealership burglary pleads not guilty

Publish Date: 
Mar 20, 2012

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - A man who was shot after allegedly pointing a loaded shotgun at the owner of a motorcycle shop during an attempted burglary pleaded not guilty Monday to assault with a firearm and commercial burglary.

Christopher Lamont Peterson, 37, was ordered held without bail because he was on probation for a previous drug conviction during the March 15 alleged break-in at Trophy Motorcycles, according to KFMB.

Deputy District Attorney John Pro says store co-owner Isaac Heinrich confronted Peterson as the suspect tried to leave the motorcycle shop with a shotgun kept near the counter of the store.

Pro says Heinrich had his .40-caliber handgun with him and ordered Peterson to stop, but Peterson allegedly pointed the shotgun at Heinrich. Heinrich shot at the suspect three to four times but missed. When Peterson continued to advance toward him, Heinrich shot Peterson three times in the leg.

Peterson was also carrying a computer and a camera from the store when he was shot, Pro says. Peterson faces 14 years and eight months in prison if convicted.

Posted by Holly Wagner

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