California man arrested after firing on
ice cream truck, police
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[September 15, 2014]
(Reuters) - A southern California
man was arrested following a nine-hour standoff with police after he
opened fire on an ice cream truck and later shot at officers, police
said on Monday.
Terry McKinney, 59, was arrested late on Sunday following the
hours-long standoff, said San Bernardino Police Lieutenant Rich
Lawhead. No one was injured, he said.
Around 3 p.m. local time (2200 GMT) on Sunday, police responded to
reports that a man had shot an ice cream truck and another car. When
officers arrived, McKinney retreated into his home and refused to
comply with police instructions, Lawhead said.
During the tense situation, police used an armored vehicle to
deliver a phone to McKinney to open a dialogue and McKinney fired
multiple shots at the vehicle, Lawhead said.
Police responded by shooting roughly two dozen canisters of tear gas
and other chemicals into the home, one of which caused a fire to
break out inside the house, Lawhead said.
McKinney tried to escape out a back window and was caught by a
police dog, Lawhead said.
Local media reported that as many as 10 children had surrounded the
ice cream truck when McKinney initially opened fire, but Lawhead
could not confirm those reports.
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It was not immediately clear why McKinney had opened fire on the ice
cream truck. A local newspaper, the Riverside Press-Enterprise, said
police had "interacted" with him in the past.
(Reporting by Curtis Skinner; Editing by Gareth Jones)
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