Suspect detained for possession of loaded gun

Santa Cruz Police recovered this loaded handgun and arrested the suspected owner following some form of an argument at a storage business. — Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian

SANTA CRUZ — A Santa Cruz man was arrested Friday after police learned he was armed with a loaded handgun during an argument with a man at the local storage business.

Lt. Warren Barry of Santa Cruz Police said police first learned of a disturbance unfolding between two men at the storage business on Thursday.

During the disturbance, it was reported, one of the employees, Chad Bachman, was in possession of a loaded firearm. The firearm was taken from Bachman and he fled the business. The other employee involved in the disturbance was uncooperative with investigators, refusing to fully cooperate, Barry said.

Bachman, loaded gun web


On Friday Santa Cruz Police, with the assistance of California State Parole, located Bachman driving a vehicle on Murray Street near the Santa Cruz Harbor. A high-risk car stop was conducted and Bachman was detained.

Following the investigation, Bachman was arrested and booked into County Jail for the following charges: Felon in possession of a firearm; prohibited person own/possess firearm; carrying a concealed weapon on person and carrying a loaded firearm.


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