A V Night Club
The A V Nightclub was the scene of a homicide after midnight Tuesday April 12, 2016. PHOTO COURTESY OF Big Bear Lake NewsRoom
By E T Russell
morning at 1:19 A.M. the scanner reported an incident at the A V Club, located
in the Village of Big Bear Lake. Big Bear
Fire Responders/Paramedics responded to a Medical Alert at the Pine Knot Avenue
address, as well as Big Bear Sheriff and Sheriff Deputies.
understand that a man at the A V Nightclub was shot and transported to a local
hospital, where he died. Employees and customers were detained at the scene by
deputies and homicide officers. A murder investigation is currently under-way.
More details of the fatal incident will be reported when San Bernardino County
Sheriff-Coroner and authorities release the information.
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After 1:00 A.M., the A V Nightclub Bartender
flagged down a Sheriff Deputy who was on routine patrol, to report a person had
been shot in the rear parking lot of the bar. Paramedics and Medical Responders
from the Big Bear Lake Fire Department, arrived and transported the shooting
victim, a male to Bear Valley Community Hospital, where he died. Later, the
deceased was identified as James Clark, 42 years old and a resident of Big Bear
City. The San Bernardino County Sheriff/Coroner
will determine the cause of death.
Tuesday 7:30 P.M.
San Bernardino County Sheriff - Big Bear Homicide
Detail Investigators and Detectives worked throughout Tuesday, conducting
interviews and collecting evidence related to the homicide investigation.
The Officers determined that
the deceased James Clark and Frank Popovich were acquaintances and were
involved in a fight outside the AV Nightclub resulting in Popovich shooting
Clark. The motive for the shooting is still under investigation.
James Clark was known around
the Village for his wood-carvings.
Frank Popovich is the owner of the Blackhawk
Trading Post located in the Village of Big Bear Lake. Popovich was taken into
custody without incident and booked for Murder, at West Valley Detention
Anyone with more information is asked to call
the Homicide Detail, Detective Jon Cahow at (909)387-3589 or the Big Bear Sheriff
at (909)866-0100. Updates will be provided as new information becomes