Shortly after midnight Monday night, the 911 dispatcher answered a call only to hear a woman screaming "put the gun down!" There was a gunshot and silence.

San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department dispatch reestablished contact with the caller, and she said the bullet had not hit her and that her boyfriend, Latoyi Clinkscale, 29, of San Bernardino, who had come to visit armed with a .22 caliber pistol, was leaving the location.

Deputies Jeromy Snyder and Derek Stokes arrived at the scene at the 16000 block of Hercules Street as Clinkscale was leaving the scene in a blue Ford Thunderbird. They attempted to pull him over, and Clinkscale then reportedly fled the deputies, throwing a handgun out of his car, into the desert.

A chase ensued through the city, ending about a mile away when the Clinkscale lost control of his car and, near the intersection of Willow Street and 2nd Avenue, crashed into a Joshua tree. His car inoperable, Clinkscale then left the vehicle, fleeing on foot through a nearby apartment complex.

The deputies caught and arrested him.

Clinkscale, whom the sheriff's department says is a known gang member, was arrested on charges of being a felon in possession of a handgun and shooting an inhabited dwelling.

According to the San Bernardino County superior courts Web site, Clinkscale has previously been convicted of possession of marijuana for sale and possession of marijuana and been forced to register as a gang member.

The gun was recovered and placed in evidence.

Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com.