A 28-year-old Redding man was arrested early Sunday in the shooting death of his friend, even though he didn't fire a gun.
The victim was shot and killed early Sunday morning when his friend stirred a confrontation while looking for his ex-girlfriend in Shasta Lake, Shasta County sheriff's officials said.
But authorities make no secret they believe it was that friend, William Roy Thietje, who caused the death — not the shooter.
Thietje, 28, was arrested on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter and felony assault after he allegedly rammed his van into another parked car in a fit of anger while looking for an ex-girlfriend. That action, deputies said, prompted a homeowner in the area to shoot at the van to stop Thietje from hitting a nearby pedestrian.
"The actions by William Thietje caused the death of his friend," according to a sheriff's office news release.