Ventura Man Arrested for Brandishing Weapon and Evading Arrest
An example of a replica gun
Ventura – When law enforcement receives multiple simultaneous 911 Emergency calls reporting “shots fired,” the response is swift and vigorous. So when, in the middle of the night of October 22nd, the City of Ventura Police Department’s Command Center received a flurry of just such calls, accompanied by reports of “a silver vehicle occupied with multiple subjects fleeing the scene,” officers responded, according to the report by the VPD Watch Commander, with all due alacrity and “observed a vehicle matching the suspect vehicle” tearing through the city’s major thoroughfares.
Police units immediately gave chase and made every effort to stop the fleeing vehicle; those efforts were in vain as the vehicle failed to yield. Just a short distance further, the vehicle stopped and its driver took off running. Inside the car, his four passengers were confronted by armed cops and chose the path of least resistance, allowing themselves to be taken into custody without further incident.
The driver of the vehicle, Andrew Hums, an 18-year-old from Ventura, was ultimately tracked down to a residential neighborhood backyard where he was taken into custody. At that point, investigation revealed that Hums had a replica firearm in his possession with which he had threatened 39-year-old area resident Ronald Richardson at his home. Richardson, according to the VPD report, “armed himself with a real firearm” and took some pot-shots at Hums’ fleeing car. While bullets did strike Hums’ vehicle, no one inside was hit by the gunfire.
Hums was transported to Ventura County Jail for booking on charges of evading, brandishing a firearm, and possession of narcotics for sale.