On Thursday, August 29 at 12:37 pm, Martinez Police Department officers responded to a call of a man with a shotgun in the 1000 block of Arnold Dr. A passing motorist saw an unknown adult male subject pointing a short barreled shotgun at an unknown adult female, according to police.
Arriving officers contacted the woman near the parking lot of The Home Depot at 1037 Arnold Drive. The male subject fled from officers on a bicycle, rolling into The Home Depot while carrying a dark duffle bag.
Several officers made entry into the store and began to evacuate customers, police said, with the suspect attempting to flee out the front door during the evacuation process. Police said a concerned citizen and a Home Depot employee alerted them to the subject and he was placed into custody after a brief struggle with help from the concerned citizens.
During the struggle, the suspect allegedly assaulted a Home Depot employee by throwing his bicycle at him, according to police. The employee was not injured. Officers later conducted a search of the store and located a duffle bag containing a loaded short barrel shotgun and other items, including bolt cutters and binoculars.
The suspect was identified as James Lee Dryden, 33, of Martinez. He was arrested and booked into the Martinez Detention Facility (MDF) for 22215 PC (Possess Short Barrel Shotgun), 245(a)(1) PC (Assault w/Deadly Weapon), 25850 PC (Carry Loaded Firearm in Public) and a probation violation. He is being held on a $100,000 bail.
The female was uncooperative and provided a conflicting statement of the events. She was subsequently released.
There were no injuries reported during this incident, police said.