Suspect named in Cottonwood dispute, shooting between neighbors


COTTONWOOD, Calif. - The Tehama County Sheriff's Office named the suspect and two victims in a shooting that happened Thursday evening.

Ervin Keith Watts, 59, was arrested on two counts of attempted homicide. He is accused of shooting his neighbors, Dustin Mingarelli, 38, and John Mingarelli, 69.

Around 4:10 p.m. Thursday, 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. His bail has been set at $1 million.

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