- Associated Press - Monday, March 20, 2017

VICTORVILLE, Calif. (AP) - A man has pleaded not guilty to shooting a Southern California sheriff’s deputy, fatally shooting a man he followed off a freeway and shooting at two other motorists.

Prosecutors say 37-year-old Kenneth Scott Welch, of Redlands, was charged Monday with special circumstance murder and other charges.

They say Welch followed 48-year-old Mario Figueroa along Interstate 210 last week and shot him in the head when the man parked his car in Highland. Welch is also suspected of shooting two other motorists on the same freeway.

Authorities allege Welch shot a San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy March 16 after beating and robbing a gas station clerk.

The deputy wore body armor and suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Prosecutors say Welch could potentially face the death penalty. It isn’t clear if he has an attorney.


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