Police arrest man walking around Fairfield with loaded gun



Officers arrested a 79-year-old man who citizens had reported walking around with a gun in his hand in Fairfield Friday, police said today.

Dale Atkins of Vallejo was taken to the hospital and treated for injuries he suffered during the arrest, police said. He was then booked into the Solano County Jail.

People called 911 around 8 a.m. reporting a man with a gun on Business Center Drive near Green Valley Road, according to police.

Officers found the man standing on the sidewalk with nothing in his hands, police said. The officers believed he was still armed, and police said he did not respond to commands they gave over a police public address system.

The officers used multiple “less than lethal options” to take the man into custody, police said in a news release.

The officers found a loaded .38 caliber revolver in the man’s pocket, police said.

Officers obtained an emergency gun violence restraining order barring the man from having firearms and ammunition. With the assistance of family members, police said they secured an additional firearm and ammunition.


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