A Mendocino County reggae musician was shot to death late Tuesday night during a dispute with a neighbor in rural Redwood Valley, Mendocino County Sheriff's officials said.
The slain man was identified as Jamal Andrews, 30, a member of a band called The High Grade Allstars.
The suspect jailed in Ukiah is Billy Norbury, 33, the troubled son of a respected family that operates a construction company.
The shooting stunned their quiet community located about 10 miles north of Ukiah.
"It's really a shocking thing. Billy's folks are unbelievable. They're just really sweet people," said Barry McKeehan, who lives across the street from Andrews' home and heard the gunshots. His children attended Deep Valley Christian School with some of the suspect's siblings, he said.
Billy Norbury has a criminal record. He was booked Jan. 14 on suspicion of probation violation and public intoxication, according to the Sheriff's website.
The two men's homes are about one-quarter mile apart. Detectives believe Andrews was shot with a rifle that was fired multiple times from at least 50 feet away, said sheriff's Capt. Kurt Smallcomb.
Deputies called to the Road B home Tuesday night found Andrews' body outside of his home.
What caused the confrontation remained unclear Wednesday and detectives delved into the lives of the two men looking for an explanation.
"We're working on that .<TH>.<TH>. ," said Smallcomb. "They didn't know each other well. They'd had contact before."