North State man arrested for 2011 attempted murder case in So. California

Jan 13, 2014 2:51 PM

By Nick Dobis, News Web/Social Media Producer

A 28-year-old North State man wanted for a 2011 attempted murder case in Riverside County was arrested by Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies last night.

William Oliver Sumpter Jr., of Myers Flat, Calif., has been wanted by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office since August 2011 for a case in which Sumpter allegedly shot a man four times subsequently leaving the victim paralyzed from the chest down and confined to a wheelchair.

Last week the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshal’s Office to search for Sumpter, a resident of southern Humboldt County. According to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy spotted a dark green Toyota Land Cruiser driving out of the parking lot of the Humboldt House Inn in Garberville. After running the license plate the deputy learned the car was the one previously flagged by the U.S. Marshals and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office. The deputy pulled over the Land Cruiser near Locust Street and Maple Lane in Garberville. After confirming the driver of the car was Sumpter, he was arrested without incident.

On August 26, 2011 a 35-year-old man was walking with a 21-year-old female down a street in Indio, Calif., to a house party just after 10 p.m. when the man was shot four times from someone in a moving vehicle, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office. The man was transported to a local hospital where he survived his wounds but eventually was left paralyzed.

It has not been confirmed if the Land Cruiser Sumpter was arrested in was the same vehicle Sumpter drove when he allegedly shot the Indio man in 2011.

Sumpter has also been charged with intimidation of a witness and his bail is currently set at $1 million. He is currently in the Humboldt County Jail waiting to be transported back to Riverside County.


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