Five men arrested for firing rifles in Atascadero
December 9, 2012
When police arrived to the wooded area, they heard shots which prompted them to shut down a portion of Highway 41 and to ask the California Highway Patrol to bring in a helicopter. Four of the men immediately surrendered and were taken into custody while one hid in the creek bed. He surrendered after receiving orders from helicopter personnel.
The five men in their 20s were in possession of two soviet-era military rifles, a shot-gun and two bolt-action rifles. Police are unsure why the men were shooting guns in the creek, and have launched an investigation.
Police transported the five suspects to the Atascadero police station where they were cited and released.