"Just wait. Every few years Rodney King gets in trouble."
That was my first city editor's response when I started working at The Sun in San Bernardino and discovered King was a down-and-out resident of Rialto. I too was a resident of the forlorn industrial town wedged between Muscoy and Fontana, and I wanted to write about my most notable neighbor.
I moved out of Rialto and off that beat, and later left the paper, before King made headlines (aside from this Charlie LeDuff piece). He's back with this one today:
One of Rialto's most well-known residents, Rodney King, was shot sometime around midnight.
San Bernardino Police Lt. Scott Paterson said the details were still fuzzy but that King may have gunshot pellets in his arm and back area. The wounds are not considered life-threatening.
"Early indications are that it very possibly could have been a domestic dispute," Paterson said.
San Bernardino police are still investigating what exactly happened and where, he said.
Rialto Police Sgt. Tim Lane said police logs showed the incident took place at 5th Street and Meridian Avenue in San Bernardino near the border of Rialto and San Bernardino. Lane said King made it back to his house in the 1100 block of East Jackson Street before calling police.