Feds hit suspect in Mountain View shooting with gun charge
A man accused of shooting and wounding his roommate, during a Mountain View domestic dispute and bear-spraying last month, now faces federal and state charges due to his status as a convicted felon.
Federal case records show Zanders Herndon, 35, charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm during the Nov. 28 shooting on the 3700 block of Richmond Avenue. Herndon is already charged in state court with the same crime, as well as first-degree assault and reckless endangerment; he has previous convictions in 2011 and 2012 for misconduct involving controlled substances.
An affidavit on the federal charges against Herndon, written by FBI Special Agent Brenden Ryan, said a resident of the home told Anchorage police that Herndon had been renting a room there for about a week. He was asked to leave, however, because “he was violent and would bring strangers into the residence.”
The witness said the man who was shot had told others Herndon was armed, then took “a stick used to change light bulbs” from a closet before confronting Herndon. Another person in the home at the time said the victim and Herndon were arguing when the victim sprayed Herndon.
“[The first witness] said the victim was standing several feet away in the living room and Herndon was standing near the kitchen when Herndon shot the victim with a black semi-automatic handgun,” Ryan wrote.
The victim was taken to a hospital with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to his leg, Ryan wrote.
When investigators spoke with Herndon, according to Ryan, he said the victim had sprayed him then was “trying to stab at him with a stick” as he went to the bathroom and tried to wash away the spray. He said he didn’t know the victim had been shot.
Herndon had displayed a gun at the home, which the second witness described as “a black pistol with an extended magazine.” A police search of the home found a black .45-caliber Hi-Point pistol with an extended magazine in a child’s bedroom, as well as a .45-caliber shell casing in an upstairs hallway.
Herndon remained in custody Friday at the Anchorage Jail, according to a statewide inmate database.
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