Atascadero resident Steven Ladwig arrested and booked 11 days after handgun incident
On Saturday, April 11th 2020 at 2:20 AM, Atascadero Police Officers (APD) responded to the area of Buena Fortuna and Avenida Maria regarding a reported shooting. Officers contacted a female victim who reported she had been sitting in her vehicle when she approached by a male suspect on foot. The suspect shined a flashlight into her vehicle, identified himself as a law enforcement officer and displayed a handgun. The female victim questioned the suspects’ identity, and fearing for her safety, immediately drove off. As the victim drove away, the suspect fired one shot from the handgun, which struck the victims vehicle, traveling through the taillight into the passenger compartment of the vehicle and ultimately striking the victim in her shoulder. Due to the round traveling through the trunk of the vehicle and seat, the velocity of the bullet slowed enough to not penetrate the skin of the victim.
The APD Investigations Unit began conducting follow up investigation. Detectives were able to develop a lead and identify a possible suspect. On 4/22/20, APD detectives served a search warrant in the 10000 block of Los Pueblos. The suspect was contacted, interviewed and items of evidence were recovered associated with the shooting. At the conclusion of the search warrant and interview, APD detectives arrested Steven Ladwig, a 65 year old male resident of Atascadero. Steven Ladwig was booked into San Luis Obispo County Jail on two felonies: 664/187 PC, attempted murder and 246 PC, shooting at an occupied vehicle.