Weapon Used to Destroy Tanks Found in Menifee Home During Weapons Arrest

News Staff

A man accused of firing a gun inside a Menifee home and evading a SWAT team that descended on the rural neighborhood last weekend, was jailed Wednesday in lieu of $1 million bail.

Lucas Rutledge, 37, was arrested Tuesday afternoon when he returned to the residence, where deputies seized various weapons, including an anti- tank weapon, according to sheriff’s Sgt. Aaron Avila.

Deputies were called Saturday afternoon to the 26000 block of Byers Road on a report that a man, later identified as Rutledge, was “acting irrational and discharged a firearm inside the residence,” the sergeant said.

He fled the residence before the arrival of law enforcement, Avila said, but returned to the home late Tuesday afternoon. A SWAT team, a Sheriff’s Department helicopter and other deputies headed to the area and detained several people at the residence before confirming Rutledge was still inside, Avila said.

Rutledge eventually exited the residence and surrendered. A search of the property turned up an AT-4 anti-tank weapon launcher, and a hazardous device team was summoned to take possession of it, Avila said.

Three other firearms were seized, including an AR-15 rifle. Rutledge was booked into the Cois M. Byrd Detention Center in French Valley on suspicion of shooting at an inhabited dwelling.

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