SANTA ANA (CBSLA.com) — A 22-year-old man was formally charged Friday with allegedly firing several shots near an equestrian center in Silverado Canyon and driving under the influence of drugs.
Tyler Maxwell Tennigkeit was arrested and charged with 10 felony counts of discharging a firearm with gross negligence, one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon and one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence of drugs. Tennigkeit has one prior misdemeanor conviction for alcohol-related reckless driving in 2012, officials said.
He also faces a sentencing enhancement for a prior felony conviction for carrying a loaded unregistered firearm in public in 2011. Tennigkeit served a state prison sentence in that case.
Orange County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a shots fired call around 11 a.m. Wednesday at Williams Canyon and Modjeska Canyon roads.
SWAT officers evacuated several people from the property as they searched the perimeter.
Authorities later located Tennigkeit inside a vehicle on Santiago Canyon Road.
“A vehicle was seen leaving the area of the Jackson Ranch property; that vehicle was involved in some type of collision,” Lt. Jeff Hallock said.
Tennigkeit was arrested after officials recovered a weapon from his bedroom at his home adjacent to the equestrian center and shell casings outside the residence while serving a search warrant Wednesday night.
If convicted, Tennigkeit faces a maximum sentence of 11 years and eight months in state prison.
No injuries were reported in the shooting.