Garden Grove

Man firing gun into air arrested

A GARDEN GROVE man who allegedly fired rounds from a rifle into the air Friday night was arrested (Shutterstock).

A man who allegedly fired rifle shots into the air in Garden Grove was arrested Friday night for negligent discharge of a firearm.

According to Sgt. Charlie Loffler of the GGPD, the incident took place in the 14000 block of Flower Street. That’s southeast of Brookhurst Street and Westminster Avenue.

Officers responded to the call at 9:48 p.m. and were told by witnesses that the gunman lived nearby and was last seen walking toward his garage. Police deployed to surround the area and brought in a K-9 unit. The dog alerted officers that someone was in the garage.

They opened the garage and ordered the suspect to come out. He appeared holding a semi-automatic rifle, which he then rested between his legs. But just when it appeared he was about to give up, according to Loffler, the suspect tried to close the garage.

Before the door closed, the dog was sent into the garage and subdued the man, who was then taken into custody. Police found that he had a loaded AR-15 style, .223 caliber rifle with an attached 60-round drum magazine. The drum contained over 40 rounds of live ammunition.

It appeared that the man – identified as David Briones-Torres, 27, of Garden Grove – had stopped firing when the rifle jammed. After the incident, the suspect was treated at the scene by Orange County Fire Authority paramedics and taken to an area hospital. He was later booked into jail.

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