Man wanted in pot garden shootings found

The Associated Press
Friday November 03, 2000



ROHNERT PARK — A Sacramento man sought in the shooting of an 8-year-old boy and his father in an El Dorado County marijuana garden was arrested by Sonoma County sheriff’s deputies. 

The shootings occurred Oct. 8 when William Hunt, 42, and Matthew Hunt, 8, wandered into the pot farm while hunting deer on the Hunt family’s land. Both were treated and released from a nearby hospital. 

Investigators found about 1,200 harvested marijuana plants in the area and one man was arrested by El Dorado County deputies. 

But alleged garden owner Silvestre Gonzalez remained at large until Wednesday night, when he was pulled over near Rohnert Park by Sonoma County deputies. 

Gonzalez was booked for investigation of attempted homicide and carrying a loaded gun, a stolen assault rifle and six pounds of marijuana worth about $20,000, officials said.