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UPDATE: Sheriff's deputies arrest man in Canyon Country

Suspect booked for drug possession, damage to a home following 3-hour pursuit

Posted: July 30, 2012 8:39 p.m.
Updated: July 31, 2012 11:02 a.m.


A 44-year-old man was arrested in Canyon Country after allegedly flooding his parents’ house and pointing a pellet gun at his own head, a sheriff’s official said Tuesday.

Deputies responded to Grandifloras Road and Tulipland Avenue about 6:30 p.m. Monday after a concerned resident noticed broken pots in front of the home and water pouring out of it, said Lt. Mark Hershey of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s station.

When deputies arrived, a man came out of the home and pointed a gun — later found to be a pellet gun — at his own head, Hershey said. The man then left the house and ran into a nearby wash.

Deputies searched for the man, who was running around and jumping, for about three hours before capturing him around 9:30 p.m., Hershey said.

They found he was in possession of prescription medication, Hershey said.

“I guess he had some Xanax pills on him and didn’t have a prescription,” Hershey said. “I think he was going to the place where he might want to hurt himself.”

The man didn’t suffer any injuries, but he was arrested for possession of unprescribed medication and for flood damage caused to the home, which is apparently owned by his parents, Hershey said.

The man was identified as David King, Hershey said.

The amount of damage to the house was unknown, but Hershey said the arrest was for a felony, which means damage totaled more than $400.




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