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Mental health review on Friday

A MENTAL HEALTH review is set for Friday for a man involved in a 2018 altercation with Garden Grove police (Shutterstock).

A pre-trial review to examine the mental health status of a man arrested in 2018 in an altercation with police in Garden Grove is scheduled for Friday.

Stephen Eric Matthews, formerly of New York City, was at a drug and alcohol treatment center in Garden Grove when, on Feb. 13, 2018, police were called to assist. Center staff decided to transfer Matthews to another facility, and he was placed in the back compartment of a police patrol car.

There he was able to get through what police say was a defective Plexiglas barrier, remove the rifle from its lock and fire one round through the front windshield. He also allegedly used the butt of the rifle to smash the in-car computer.

After a three-hour standoff, he finally surrendered to police early the next morning. No one was injured and police did not fire their weapons.

He faced charges of assault with a firearm on a police officer, shooting from a motor vehicle, discharging a firearm with gross negligence, unlawful possession of a loaded firearm in public vandalism over $400 and one misdemeanor charge of resisting a police officer.

The hearing is set for 9 a.m. in West Justice Center in Westminster.



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