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Norris Canyon Shooter to Stand Trial

Ashbourne and Whitcliffe Court is the area that was blocked by police in the Norris Canyon Estates neighborhood. Photo by Michael Staat
Ashbourne and Whitcliffe Court is the area that was blocked by police in the Norris Canyon Estates neighborhood. Photo by Michael Staat


A Norris Canyon man will stand trial for attempted murder and other charges after shooting a property manager through his door during a routine eviction in September.

Mike Ghoneim, 42, denied wrongdoing in a preliminary trial earlier this month and stated that he fired the gun as a "warning shot" according to a deputy's post-arrest interview with the defendant in the San Ramon Express.

The next court date is set for Jan. 31. 

The first count of attempt to murder a peace officer was reduced to attempted murder, according to the Contra Costa District Attorney's Office.

Ghoneim will face three counts of attempted murder, as well as other charges. 

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Chris Brown January 24, 2014 at 01:59 AM
A "warning shot" when the SWAT team is at your front door? Please, Mr. Ghoneim, that's just a pathetic excuse to not accept your personal irresponsibility. You should be grateful they reduced the charges, instead you lie and make silly claims to maintain your innocence. I have no problem with the American justice system and due process, but sometimes, even when the defendant is legally obligated to be presumed innocent until proven guilty, they should take responsibility for their actions and admit to their crimes when there is 0% likelihood based on eye witness evidence, video evidence, criminal/forensic evidence etc that the claim it was "just a warning shot" would ever prove his innocence.

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