Bartender held in Valley Springs shooting

By Union Democrat staff October 03, 2012 02:38 pm

A Valley Springs bartender suspected of shooting at a patron during an argument outside Rosetti’s Bar on Highway 12 was arrested Monday afternoon.

Gregory Martel Stanley, 40, of the 5900 block of Southworth Road, was booked into Calaveras County Jail on suspicion of attempted murder and carrying a loaded firearm in public.

 

Sheriff’s deputies responded to the Valley Springs bar at 1:41 a.m. Monday for a physical altercation that resulted in gunfire, a Sheriff’s Office statement Tuesday said.

The victim, Michael Hatterle, 30, of Wallace, told authorities on scene he and Stanley got into an argument that turned into a physical fight outside in the bar’s parking lot, the Sheriff’s Office statement said.

Hatterle claimed he was knocked to the ground and, when he stood up, saw Stanley brandishing a handgun. He then saw the gun muzzle flash and felt warm air rush by his side, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Meanwhile, Hatterle was threatened by Lorna Greenroot, 33, of Burson, who told him to leave or she would hit him with a pipe she was holding, the Sheriff’s Office said. According to the statement, Hatterle immediately got in his vehicle and called the Sheriff’s Office for assistance.

Sheriff’s detectives were called to the scene to investigate and determined Stanley fired a single 9mm bullet from a handgun, the statement said. The bullet didn’t hit Hatterle, but detectives believed it ricocheted off the ground and struck the victim in the arm causing a minor laceration.

Both Stanley and Greenroot had fled the scene, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Later that day, Sheriff’s detectives spotted Stanley driving a vehicle with Greenroot on Highway 12 in the Wallace area and conducted a traffic stop. Both were taken into custody and a 9mm handgun was found concealed inside a pocket of Stanley’s trousers, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Greenroot was booked on suspicion of felony assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm and making criminal threats.

Neither suspect provided a statement to investigators, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Both remained in custody Tuesday and were scheduled to be arraigned in Calaveras County Superior Court at 1:30 p.m. today. Greenroot was being held on $60,000 bail, while Stanley was being held on $503,750.

Formal charges against the pair are still pending a District Attorney’s Office review.