LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A Reseda man was charged Tuesday with assaulting a Woodland Hills veterans lodge’s commander-in-chief after holing up in the facility for over seven hours with a shotgun.
Jacob Matthew Zimmerman, 52, faces one felony count each of criminal threats, assault with a deadly weapon, and possession of a firearm by a felon.
Zimmerman was reported to be upset over being denied membership at the Disabled Americans Veterans Lodge, according to prosecutors. The facility is located on Corbin Avenue, north of Victory Boulevard.
Zimmerman barricaded himself in the building on Friday after allegedly assaulting the victim, who then managed to escape.
A SWAT team, along with crisis negotiators, were deployed after Zimmerman threatened to harm himself.
Tear gas was ultimately used to flush him out of the building, after homes in the area were evacuated.
Zimmerman had previously been convicted of robbery in 1984 and, in 2004, he was convicted of discharging a firearm with gross negligence and inflicting corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant, according to the District Attorney’s office.
Zimmerman’s bail is set at $1.05 million, and he faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.
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