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Matthew Hedger
07/24/2014 10:56 AM
Danny David Upton

An argument over who was the better athlete back in the day landed one man in jail this week after the dispute escalated into a shooting, authorities said.

The Amador County Sheriff’s Office and the California Highway Patrol responded to a 911 call reporting the shooting in the 20000 block of East Clinton Road, between Jackson and Pine Grove, just after midnight July 22.

Deputies and officers arriving at the scene found Danny David Upton, 61, in a driveway, armed with a loaded handgun. Upton was detained without further incident, and a 55-year-old male relative of Upton’s, whose name was not released, was also detained at the scene.

After interviewing the two men and other witnesses, investigators determined that Upton and his relative began arguing over who was a better athlete in their youth. The argument turned physical after Upton reportedly grabbed a collapsible baton and struck the other man several times before producing a handgun and allegedly brandishing it at the victim, making him get onto his knees and plead for his life. Upton then reportedly fired several rounds into the air.

Both Upton and the victim were medically cleared at the scene by American Legion Ambulance personnel before Upton was arrested and booked into the Amador County Jail on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, firearm; assault with a deadly weapon, other than a firearm; negligent discharge of a firearm and criminal threats — all felonies. He was released the next day after posting a $200,000 bond.

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