Suspect in Costa Mesa standoff banned from owning firearms accused of shooting at agents – Orange County Register
A Whittier man, banned from possessing firearms, fired shots at officers and an unmanned police drone at a Costa Mesa building on Wednesday, Oct. 5, during a more than 8-hour standoff, officials said.
Special agents with the California Department of Justice were attempting to serve a warrant to confiscate guns at a store on the 1700 block of Monrovia Avenue when the suspect, Luis Mendez Jr., 49, allegedly fired a gun at the agents and Costa Mesa police.
Mendez was identified through a system the department uses to monitor people prohibited from possessing firearms.
He had a previous domestic violence conviction and an active misdemeanor warrant, according to the attorney general’s office.
When authorities tried to use a drone, the suspect started shooting again, authorities said.
Local residents sheltered in their homes for hours before Mendez finally surrendered, and a rifle, shotgun and several handguns were recovered at the scene, officials said. No injuries were reported.
Mendez was taken into custody as a prohibited person on suspicion of the attempted murder of a police officer, assaulting a police officer with a deadly weapon, and possession of a firearm.
https://www.ocregister.com/2022/10/07/suspect-in-costa-mesa-standoff-banned-from-owning-firearms-accused-of-firing-shots-at-agents/ Suspect in Costa Mesa standoff banned from owning firearms accused of shooting at agents – Orange County Register