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Man fires shotgun at business

A man armed with a handgun and a shotgun fired one of the weapons at a downtown Grass Valley business early Monday morning after he was denied a drink.

A Grass Valley Police officer who had just gotten off work saw the man, later identified as Camptonville resident Thomas Kirby Faria, walking down South Auburn Street at 1:50 a.m., police Capt. Greg Hart said.

At a traffic light, the officer noticed the man was carrying what looked like a shotgun in his hand and a handgun in a belt holster, Hart said. The officer followed the man toward East Main Street, when the man knocked on the door of Gold Rush Casino and asked for alcohol. He was told he could not have any, Hart said, and walked behind the business and fired one shotgun round at the structure.



The off-duty officer called the police department, and several other officers responded.

A telephone call from The Union to the business was not returned Monday afternoon.




After reportedly shooting at the building, the suspect got into a car and drove down North Auburn and Richardson streets, while the off-duty officer continued to follow. The suspect turned around at the Richardson Street construction site and reportedly pointed the handgun at the officer. On-duty police arrived shortly and arrested Faria without incident at about 2 a.m.

Faria, 35, was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle, carrying a loaded firearm in a public place, shooting at an inhabited dwelling, driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a suspended license.

Hart said it was not known why Faria had two firearms on him.


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