Photo: confiscated gun
September 2, 2021 – Santa Barbara County, Ca.
It was just before sunset in the early evening of August 26th when things apparently got out of hand between acquaintances in a quiet Lompoc residential neighborhood.
According to Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department Public Information Officer Raquel Zick, a 911 Emergency call brought deputies to a Moonglow Road home, where they learned that 50-year-old Lompoc resident Daniel Donnelly “drove to the victim’s residence, parked in the driveway, and waited for the residents to return,” whereupon he verbally assaulted them.
Once he got whatever was bothering him off his chest using his words, witnesses reported that Donnelly then pointed a handgun at the victim and then “fled the scene in his car, nearly hitting the victim” before hitting a parked car and then driving off to his own residence “a short distance away.”
The responding deputies called in for assistance from the SBSD Special Enforcement Team and a sheriff’s K-9 unit as they established a secure perimeter around Donnelly’s residence.
Deputies attempted to make verbal contact with Donnelly, but he was unresponsive. As those efforts continued, “an on-call judge” issued a search warrant for Donnelly’s residence, and that warrant was in hand when deputies entered the premises. The ensuing search lead to the discovery of “a loaded, un-serialized handgun,” the weapon suspected as the one used to make the earlier threats.
Twenty-four hours later, at 8:30 p.m. the following day, August 27th , neighbors alerted deputies that Donnelly had returned to his home. Deputies arrived shortly thereafter, made contact with Donnelly and took him into custody. He was then transported to Santa Barbara County Jail, where he was booked on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and with a firearm, and threatening a crime with intent to terrorize, with his bail set at $250,000.
Photo: Courtesy Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office