A Mi-Wuk Village man under the influence of methamphetamine was arrested Tuesday afternoon after he shot a firearm in his house and at a neighboring residence, then brandished a firearm at armed deputies.
Shots had been heard throughout the neighborhood when deputies arrived on scene about 2:30 p.m., and the deputies heard at least two shots after arriving on scene, said Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Sgt. Andrea Benson.
One neighborhood resident told deputies that the suspect had pointed a firearm at him as he drove by, and a search was initiated.
There were about 13 Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office personnel in the area during the search, which included deputies, detectives and lieutenants.
Behind a residence in close proximity to his own home, the suspect was found carrying a Henry 45-70 Lever Rifle and with a Ruger Vaquero Revolver tucked into his pants pocket by at least one deputy, Benson said.
The deputy, who was one of a handful of law enforcement personnel on the scene armed with department-issued rifles, Benson said, ordered the man to drop his weapon.
The man advanced on the deputy when he was ordered to drop the weapon, then pointed it toward the deputy before setting down on the ground. The man waved the revolver in the air before complying with the deputy’s orders to drop the gun and lay down on the ground, Benson said.
After the man was handcuffed and detained, he was found to be under the influence of a controlled substance. During a search of his home and the area, evidence was found from the gunshots inside the residence and at the outside of a neighboring house.
A search warrant on the man’s home uncovered more firearms, ammunition and a plastic bag containing methamphetamine, a Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office press release stated.
Frank Donald Pierro, 68, of the 24000 block of Pine Lake Drive, was booked on suspicion of discharging a firearm in a grossly negligent manner, possession of a specific controlled substance while armed with a loaded firearm, exhibiting a firearm in the presence of an officer and misdemeanor charges exhibiting a deadly weapon, use of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance after an arrest at his home.
Pierro’s bail was set at $50,000 and, as of Wednesday afternoon, he remained in the custody of the Tuolumne County Jail.
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