A 34-year-old Danville man was arrested on weapons charges after allegedly discharging a firearm near a local church Wednesday, the shot bringing police on the run and leading to the eventual discovery of a small cache of illegal weapons.
Police received a report of a shot being fired in the area of the East Bay Foursquare Church in Danville, 2615 Camino Tassajara, at around 7:20 p.m., officers fanning out to search adjacent businesses and a nearby park after it was determined that at least one car had been hit in a nearby parking lot.
Officers searching the church grounds encountered a man who identified himself as a security guard for the church and who reportedly told them he had accidentally discharged a weapon of undetermined type. A search of the building turned up two AR-15 rifles with accompanying 30 round magazines in the man’s living area.
Investigators said the man, identified as Benjamin Ericson, 34, was being allowed to stay at the church and acted as security there but was not officially employed as a security guard.
Ericson was arrested for possessing an illegal firearm and possession of high capacity magazines.
No one was reported injured during the incident.