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Potter Valley men arrested after one shot in leg

A Potter Valley man was arrested on suspicion of drug and gun charges after reporting he'd intentionally shot a friend in the leg following a night of drinking alcohol and shooting firearms, according to the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office.

The victim, William Vaughan, 24, of Potter Valley, was flown to a Santa Rosa hospital with non-life threatening injuries early Tuesday morning, Sheriff's authorities said.

Harlan Peter Gentry, 24, was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, being armed in the commission of a felony, possession of marijuana for sale and cultivation of marijuana, authorities said. He was released on bail later that day.

Sheriff's detectives and members of the County of Mendocino Marijuana Eradication Team seized and eradicated 366 growing marijuana plants while serving a search warrant at the Van Arsdale Road residence, according to the Sheriff's Office. They also found 70 pounds of processed marijuana bud, 150 pounds of drying marijuana bud, three firearms and approximately $19,000 in cash, authorities said.

John Harrison Gentry, 26, also of Potter Valley, was arrested on suspicion of cultivation and sales of marijuana.

The shooting was the result of an argument between Gentry and Vaughan, authorities said.

Gentry forcibly removed Vaughan from the residence, then pushed him to the ground and shot him in the leg with a .45 caliber gun when he attempted to reenter, authorities said.


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