Suspect shoots at home, throws sledgehammer through child's bedroom window in Apple Valley

Michael Alan Mueller, 58, was arrested on suspicion of shooting at a family home and throwing a sledgehammer through a child’s bedroom window in Apple Valley.
Michael Alan Mueller, 58, was arrested on suspicion of shooting at a family home and throwing a sledgehammer through a child’s bedroom window in Apple Valley.

A 58-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of shooting at a family home and throwing a sledgehammer through a child’s bedroom window in Apple Valley.

The Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station reported that at 8:40 a.m. on Sunday, deputies responded to a shooting in the 24100 block of Standing Rock Avenue in Apple Valley. The area is located north of Highway 18 and east of Joshua Road in the unincorporated part of town.

Deputies discovered that the suspect, Michael Mueller, is related to the victims and lives on the property.

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At approximately 3:00 a.m., an argument began between Mueller and the victims. About five hours later, the victims were standing inside their kitchen when they heard gunshots in rapid succession.

Almost immediately after, the victims heard a large crash in their child’s bedroom and found a sledgehammer had been thrown through the window.

Mueller then stood in plain view through a window and fired a round into the roof of the residence. Deputies located fired .22 cartridge casings outside the residence.

During a search of Mueller’s residence, deputies located the handgun and additional .22 caliber bullets.

Mueller was arrested without incident on suspicion of shooting at an inhabited dwelling. He was booked at High Desert Detention Center in Adelanto, with bail set at $250,000.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information on the incident is asked by the Sheriff’s Department to contact Deputy D. Steuerwald at the Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station at 760-552-6800. Callers can remain anonymous and contact We-Tip at 800-78CRIME or online at wetip.com.

This article originally appeared on Victorville Daily Press: Apple Valley man shoots at home, throws sledgehammer through window