Photo: one of the confiscated guns
Originally published as a Vacaville Police Department Facebook post –
“Yep, you read that right. The Vacaville Police Department has had a busy summer, seizing 39 firearms off the street since the end of May! While we may not always get an opportunity to highlight every encounter, we will continue to work tirelessly to keep our community safe.
On Wednesday, August 4th, officers responded to a local residence for a report of a 17-year-old juvenile that had “pulled a gun” on his parents after an argument. As officers were arriving in the area, the juvenile was standing in front of the residence and was safely taken into custody without incident.
After consent was given to search the entirety of the house, an officer located an unregistered Taurus G2C 9mm handgun with a loaded magazine buried in the ash of a barbecue. The juvenile was arrested for various firearm charges and booked into the Solano County Juvenile Detention Facility.
Later that same day, an officer pulled over a car for a vehicle code violation. The driver and solo occupant, Kaleb Johnson (23, Fairfield), was found to be unlicensed. Mr. Johnson complied with officer’s commands and was safely detained without incident. Prior to towing the vehicle, an inventory search revealed a Smith & Wesson .39 Special Revolver under the rear passenger seat. Mr. Johnson was booked into the Solano County Jail for various firearms charges.
On Thursday, August 5th, an officer stopped a car due to multiple vehicle code violations. The driver, later identified as Matthew Braunschweig (34, Fairfield), was determined to have a suspended driver’s license, be on felony probation, and had an active warrant for his arrest. Mr. Braunschweig complied with the officer’s commands and was safely detained.
Mr. Braunschweig admitted to being in possession of narcotics. After a search of the vehicle, the officer discovered various drugs (suspected heroin, meth, and possibly fentanyl) and a suitcase containing complete parts of an AR-15 style, semi-auto pistol. The lower receiver was milled and was determined to be an un-serialized firearm, or what is often referred to as a “ghost gun”. When assembled, the firearm functioned and dry fired correctly. Mr. Braunschweig was booked into the Solano County Jail for his active warrant plus various narcotic and firearm charges.
On Saturday, August 7th, officers stopped a car for various vehicle code violations. The driver, Damariye Lewis (18, Fairfield), and the passenger, Bobby Williams (18, Richmond), were on their way to Denny’s with several other vehicles. While the officers were attempting to speak to Mr. Lewis and Mr. Williams, their associates began spinning donuts in the parking lot trying to draw both of the officers’ attention. Due to their training and having seen this tactic before, both officers didn’t take the bait.
Instead, they visually checked the interior of the car and observed the magazine of a Glock protruding from under the driver’s seat. Mr. Lewis and Mr. Williams complied with officers and were safely removed from the car. After a search of the car, a stolen Glock 27 .40 caliber containing a loaded extended magazine with a round in the chamber as well as a second Glock 27 with a polymer lower and unregistered serialized slide were located under both the driver and passenger seats. Both Mr. Lewis and Mr. Williams were booked into the Solano County Jail for various firearm charges.
Two guns, one stop! These cases only highlight the last two weeks of encountering firearms in Vacaville. While no community is immune to crime, we here at the Vacaville Police Department value the safety of our community and will do our best to serve and protect it.”
VACAVILLE PD TAKES 39 GUNS OFF OF THE STREET was last modified: August 24th, 2021 by