Paso Shooting was in Self-Defense

Written by Estero Bay News

January 28, 2022

A Paso Robles man shot an alleged trespasser in self-defense, and will not be charged, the County Sheriff’s Office announced last week.

Sheriff’s Spokesman Tony Cipolla said in a Dec. 19 news release that deputies responded at 10:50 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18 to a report of a shooting in the 14000 block of Chimney Rock Rd., in rural Paso Robles.

Chimney Rock Road is a country southeast of Lake Nacimiento that leads from Godfrey Road to Adelaida, a tiny berg in the coastal mountains some 10 miles from Paso Robles.

“It was initially reported as two trespassers in a car on the property,” Cipolla said. “A subject inside a home at that location, 67-year-old Daniel Enriquez David, confronted one of the trespassers. The two got into an argument and David fired a shotgun at the car striking 37-year-old Michael Fordyce of rural Paso Robles.”

Though Fordyce was hit in the face and shoulder and was taken to a hospital, his wounds were considered “non-life threatening,” Cipolla said. No arrests were made.

“The preliminary investigation,” Cipolla said, “indicates the shooting was done in self-defense after Fordyce made threats against David, which caused him to be in fear of his life.”

And the “victim” in the shooting, Fordyce, “has remained uncooperative with investigators,” Cipolla said.

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