Man suspected in Cottonwood shooting ruled not competent


RED BLUFF. Cailf. - Ervin Keith Watts, 59, Cottonwood, was ruled not competent to continue with court proceedings Tuesday by a Tehama County judge.

Around 4:10 p.m. September 7, 2017, deputies were called to Tabitha Court in the Cottonwood area off Bowman Road. One man had been shot and there were reports of gun fire exchanged between two other men.

Dustin and John Mingarelli were both injured and taken to the hospital. The former suffered serious, traumatic injuries.

Deputies reported Watts had shot his two neighbors with a shotgun over a long-standing property line dispute.

Watts was found at his home and detained. Deputies were able to get a warrant to search his home, where they said they found a shotgun and ammunition.

Watts will be evaluated by two psychiatrists and will return to court on October 17 for a report on his competence.

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