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Man arrested after report of gunshots, domestic dispute in Whitley Gardens

SLO County Sheriff's Office
Posted at 12:31 PM, Sep 30, 2021

UPDATE (5:25 p.m.) - The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office has identified the suspect in this case as Darren Lee Lowry, 55.

Sheriff's officials say Lowry's wife reported that he had made threats against her and fired a weapon outside of their home.

When deputies arrived at the scene, Lowry reportedly went inside the house but, at one point, came outside and pointed a rifle at a CHP helicopter that was circling overhead.

Sheriff's officials say a Reverse 911 text was sent to the immediate area to advise residents to shelter-in-place, and deputies set up a perimeter.

Lowry was eventually arrested and booked into the San Luis Obispo County Jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon involving a firearm and making criminal threats.

(12:31 p.m.) - San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's deputies responded to a domestic dispute and took a man into custody Thursday morning in the Whitley Gardens area east of Paso Robles.

According to sheriff's officials, witnesses reported hearing gunshots.

It happened in the 100 block of Grace Drive.

When deputies arrived, officials say they found a man in the house and a woman in a trailer on the property waiting for law enforcement.

Deputies reportedly made contact with the suspect and were eventually able to talk him out of the house and took him into custody.