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News - March 7, 2018

Suspect in AR-15 firing turns himself in

by Kate Bradshaw

A man who disappeared for several days after allegedly shooting an AR-15 rifle in a Menlo Park backyard the night of Feb. 24 turned himself in to the police on Feb. 28, and has been charged with possessing a firearm as a convicted felon and possessing two large-capacity magazines.

On the night of Feb. 24, Jose Jairo Gutierrez allegedly fired an assault rifle-style weapon in the backyard of his home at 1122 Sevier Ave. Witnesses allege the shooting was in response to a loud party next door.

Police obtained a search warrant, and, with the San Mateo South County Regional Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team, searched the residence. Mr. Gutierrez was nowhere to be found, but Menlo Park police detectives discovered a stolen AR-15 rifle during a search of the property on Feb. 25.

The weapon had been reported missing in 2014 in Humboldt County, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

According to District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe, Mr. Gutierrez has three prior felonies: two for possession of stolen property in 2003 and 2006, and another in 2006 for domestic violence. It is believed that he lived in the housing unit behind the main house at 1122 Sevier Ave. with his estranged wife.

If Mr. Gutierrez is convicted, he could spend a maximum of seven years in prison, Mr. Wagstaffe said.


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