Reports of shots fired brought dozens of law enforcement personnel to the Hill Monday. Sylvan Way in Pine Cove was lined with Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and California Highway Patrol vehicles. Eventually, Mark DeAntonio of Pine Cove was arrested. Photo by JP Crumrine

Dozens of law enforcement officers respond to scene in Pine Cove

Mark DeAntonio, 52, of Pine Cove, was arrested Monday morning after law enforcement descended on Pine Cove in a helicopter and vehicles, warning residents to stay inside their homes. Multiple charges included discharging a fire arm in a negligent manner and possession of a loaded fire arm while under the influence.

Mark DeAntonio in his booking photo.
Photo courtesy Riverside County Sheriffs Department

A court date is scheduled for Wednesday morning, June 27.

Monday morning, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and the California Highway Patrol responded rapidly and with dozens of officers to a call of “shots fired” in Pine Cove.

By 10:45 a.m., DeAntonio was in custody.

His house was searched and fire arms were found, according to Riverside County Sheriff’s Lt. Zach Hall of the Hemet Station.

Luiz Chavez called in the incident, according to his post on Facebook, after a man came onto his property with a shot gun.

During the initial stand off, a helicopter circled the Pine Cove area above DeAntonio’s house while California Highway Patrol, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and SWAT team members descended on the area. Pine Cove residents said deputies told them to stay in their houses.

No one was injured in the incident.

JP Crumrine contributed to this report.

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