Moreno Valley, CA – 13 September 2016 – A man who was shot while repossessing a vehicle in Moreno Valley on Aug. 30 said he expected to leave the hospital Tuesday, and a person who was arrested minutes after the incident has pleaded not guilty to charges that include attempted murder.
The victim, Cody McDaniel, is the son of Lee McDaniel, owner of Eagle Recovery and the Corona repo man who alerted law enforcement to the presence of fugitive homicide suspect Christopher Dorner in the Corona area on Feb. 7, 2013. Dorner engaged police in a gun battle before driving into Riverside, where he fatally shot Riverside police Officer Michael Crain and wounded his partner, Andrew Tachias.
Dorner later killed San Bernardino County sheriff’s Detective Jeremiah MacKay and wounded Deputy Alex Collins before taking his own life as a cabin burned around him in the mountain community of Angelus Oaks.
Lee McDaniel, 50, died in June 2014 from bladder cancer. He shared in the reward for Dorner’s capture.
Cody McDaniel recently left the Marines and joined the family business.
About 9:30 p.m. Aug. 30, McDaniel was driving away from a repossession when someone fired at his vehicle in the 12200 block of Pigeon Pass Road, according to McDaniel and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
McDaniel suffered a single gunshot wound that damaged his colon, large intestine and liver, according to a Facebook post by his fiancée, Jessica Miller.
The Sheriff’s Department hasn’t confirmed the name of the suspect, but a search of jail records showed that about 30 minutes after the shooting, 31-year-old Matthew Scott Taylor was arrested on Pigeon Pass Road on suspicion of attempted murder. On Sept. 2, Taylor pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder, shooting at an occupied vehicle and assault with a gun. He remained in custody Sept. 13. Bail was set at $1 million.
McDaniel, in a Facebook post, expressed his appreciation to all who had asked about his condition.
“I want to say thank you for all your thoughts, support, prayers, and especially to those of you who have come to see me. I am beyond fortunate to have you in my life and I am glad that my daughter will still have a dad by her side,” wrote McDaniel, who expects to be a father soon.
Source: The Press Enterprise