Bulloch County sheriff’s deputies were forced to use a Taser against an intoxicated man who fired shots in the air in a heavily populated mobile home park Saturday, police said.
Sebastian Lopez-Sanchez, 24, of Barn Mobile Home Park, was so drunk he could barely stand, according to reports. Witnesses told deputies he fired several shots into the air, then pointed the rifle at a neighbor who confronted him.
Deputies responded to the scene around 3 p.m. Saturday at the Barn Mobile Home Park, which is off U.S. Highway 301 South less than a half mile from the Statesboro city limits.
A resident told officers he saw a Hispanic male firing from a military-style rifle in the mobile home park. When the complainant confronted the man, later identified as Lopez-Sanchez, he pointed the rifle at the complainant, Sheriff Lynn Anderson said.
The complainant and gunman struggled over the rifle, and the gunman retreated into the mobile home, Anderson said.
When deputies approached the mobile home into which Lopez-Sanchez retreated, the suspect refused officers’ commands to leave the mobile home.
The door was open, and deputies saw Lopez-Sanchez inside as well as the rifle. When he continued to refuse to cooperate, deputies entered with permission from another man in the home, and then used the Taser to subdue him because the rifle was close by and posed a danger had he decided to take it up again, sheriff’s Investigator Jared Akins.
After taking Lopez-Sanchez into custody, deputies seized the SKS rifle used during the confrontation with the complainant, Anderson said.
Lopez-Sanchez was taken to the Bulloch County Jail, charged with aggravated assault, reckless conduct, obstruction, public intoxication, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, pointing a firearm at another, discharging a firearm while under the influence, disorderly conduct and probation violation.
He is being held pending further court proceedings and verification of his immigration status.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.