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WALNUT CREEK — A man is in custody ineligible for release on bond, after he allegedly discharged a firearm at a shopping center. Eric R. Clausen, a 30-year-old resident of Brentwood, was charged on August 18th.
The incident leading to his arrest occurred two days earlier. On August 16th at 9:13 p.m., Walnut Creek PD received a call about a vehicle driving recklessly. It was traveling on North Main Street towards Pleasant Hill. The caller reported the driver was holding a gun.
Soon, another caller reported a man crashed his vehicle near 2900 North Main Street. The witness reported the driver exited from the vehicle and fired a gun into the air. Fortunately, no one was reported injured during this incident.
An officer in the vicinity responded, but the suspect fled on foot. Additional officers arrived on the scene and a perimeter was set up to search for him. Aerial drones and a California Highway Patrol helicopter were dispatched to assist in the search.
At 10:21 p.m., Clausen was caught behind a nearby business and arrested without further incident. He was transported and booked into the Martinez Detention Facility.
Back on July 13th, he was sentenced to two years of supervised probation for carrying a loaded firearm last year. Clausen now faces more charges for –
- Possession of a firearm by a felon PC 29800(a)
- Discharge of a firearm with gross negligence PC 246.3(a)
- Carrying a loaded firearm PC 25850(a)
- Probation violation PC 1203.3(e)