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Suspect Released Without Charge in Shooting Case Involving Altadena Man

Vernon Woods, 24, of Chino who was arrested in a shooting case involving an Altadena man has been released from Pasadena Police Department custody after he claimed self-defense in the shooting.

A has been released from custody without charge, according to Lt. Tracy Ibarra of the Pasadena Police Department.

The shooting occured in the 800 block of Summit Avenue early Saturday morning after a dispute involving a young woman, according to Ibarra.

Vernon Woods, 24, of Chino was then arrested Saturday night by department detectives.

Woods confessed to shooting 20-year-old Altadena resident Deontrae Lutton, but claims that the shooting was in self defense, Ibarra said. Woods said Lutton threatened to kill him and charged him, she added.

The County District Attorney's Office declined to press charges when presented with the case by detectives because of that claim, she added.

Ibarra said she is confident the department will eventually be able to charge Woods with the shooting: the D.A's office has indicated that eyewitness testimony from Lutton might be enough for them to proceed with charging Woods.

However, Lutton is in a medically-induced coma and doctors do not know when he will wake up.  Lutton took a bullet to the brain and doctors have told detective he could have problems with communication and memory, Ibarra said.

There is one other witness to the shooting besides Lutton and Woods: the young female who was the subject of the dispute.  She corroborates Woods' story, Ibarra said.

Woods does not have any past criminal record, she added.

Travis Bickle June 21, 2012 at 02:30 AM
This is great news! I hope this teaches criminals a lesson..if you're are going to be a thug, you are going to get shot.
Steve Lamb June 21, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Travis- Uh we dont know yet what happened. Lets wait to celebrate or not until a trial has taken place.
Isabella Baumfree June 21, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Travis - you ALWAYS have something negative to say about something. Didn't your momma ever teach you that 'unless you have something good to say, then don't say nothing at all?. Last week you posted a comment stating why is it that there's a youth in Altadena getting shot every week, but not in LaCanada. Yet when they found a man shot in LaCanada a month or so ago you didn't post a thing - or perhaps you missed that article. Why don't you stop reading the Altadena Patch - read the LaCanada Patch - or better yet move to LaCanada - or can you even afford to purchase a home there? Or are you even a homeowner in Altadena? Altadena citizens are fed up with your comments - find something better to do with your time, like praying for the youth of Altadena - and the citizens of Altadena. Maybe when you start praying for them God will soften your heart - are do you even pray? Maybe you should look at the mote in your eye, and then start cleaning the skeletons out of your own closet - that should keep you busy for a few years.
Lorraine Pozniak June 21, 2012 at 11:29 PM
I usually just ignore what Travis has to say, after all, he is hiding behind the name of a fictional movie character, but you took his juvenile & flippant rudeness to the next level by not just telling him off, but by choosing to attack him PERSONALLY, which is totally uncalled for.
Annel July 02, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Vernon I'm gonna pray for u ... I know ur a great guy and everything is gonna be ok..

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