Sunday, 14 April 2024

Authorities continue search for main shooting suspect

CLEARLAKE OAKS – A man arrested Wednesday for allegedly being an accessory to a shooting last week was taken into custody without incident, but his brother remains at large, according to a Thursday report from the Lake County Sheriff's Office.


Cecil McDaniel Jr., 37, was arrested Wednesday afternoon in connection with the Nov. 26 shooting of 42-year-old Patrick Joseph O’Conner, as Lake County News has reported.


Capt. James Bauman of the Lake County Sheriff's Office reported that, following O'Conner's shooting, Superior Court Judge Richard Martin signed felony arrest warrants for Cecil McDaniel and his brother, Patrick Dewin McDaniel, 44.


Bauman said Patrick McDaniel, who is believed to have actually shot O'Conner, remains at large, with an outstanding felony arrest warrant for several charges, including attempted murder.


On Wednesday, sheriff’s detectives were conducting followup on the case in the Clearlake Oaks area when they located Cecil McDaniel standing on the side of the road on Lakeview Drive, said Bauman.


As the detectives approached McDaniel, he immediately surrendered, placing his hands in the air and was arrested without incident, Bauman said.


He was booked into the Lake County Jail for felony accessory to a crime and is being held on $500,000.


Bauman reported that O'Conner has been released from Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital and is believed to be recovering from his injuries.


He said the case remains pending for further investigation and the apprehension of Patrick McDaniel.


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