Man arrested after pointing gun at neighbors in University City
SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A retired Army colonel was in custody Thursday on
suspicion of threatening neighbors with a rifle outside his University City
condominium, then fighting with police while clad in a full dress uniform
adorned with medals.
Gilbert Lafferty, 64, allegedly pointed the gun at several people about
4:30 p.m. Wednesday from a balcony at his residence in the 3500 block of Lebon
Drive because he was upset about a pool party planned for that evening,
according to San Diego police.
A 911 caller alleged that Lafferty “racked” a round into the chamber
of the weapon and told his neighbors there would be a “shootout” if they
summoned law enforcement, SDPD Detective Gary Hassen said.
Officers equipped with helmets and shields surrounded the suspect's
residence and tried in vain for about 45 minutes to contact him by telephone.
About 5:30 p.m., Lafferty reappeared on his balcony in a full military uniform
but refused orders to raise his arms over his head, according to police.
A short time later, the suspect opened his front door, and officers
tackled him and took him into custody following a struggle, Hassen said.
Lafferty was taken to a county psychiatric hospital for an evaluation,
according to Hassen. As of late this morning, he had not been booked on
suspicion of any criminal charges, a jail clerk said.