Gunman Stopped Short by Horse in Back Yard

A gunman running from sheriff’s deputies in the Willowbrook area was captured in a back yard Friday when he slammed into a grazing horse and was knocked to the ground, authorities said.

About 9 a.m. sheriff’s deputies received a call that a man waving a gun was standing in front of a home in the 2000 block of 130th Street.

Three undercover deputies assigned to the department’s anti-gang unit were sent to the scene.

“When the deputies arrived, they found the suspect standing on a sidewalk with a gun in his waistband,” Deputy Britta Rodela said. The suspect, whose name was not immediately available, began to run, “cocking his weapon as he ran,” Rodela added. “As the suspect ran to the rear of the location, he accidentally ran into a horse, lost his balance and fell to the ground.”


Deputies caught up with him and recovered a loaded automatic pistol.