SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO (CBSLA.com) — Dashcam video has been released that shows three deputies from Orange County ducking for cover after being greeted by a barrage of bullets.
The incident unfolded on April 27 after deputies responded to a 911 call in San Juan Capistrano.
When they arrived, they were greeted with an intense firefight.
Diane Duffy’s son was home next-door.
“Something he’s never seen before,” she said of her son. “He’s never even heard gunshots before so he thought at first it was an explosion in our kitchen.”
The bullets blew out several of the patrol car windows and dozens hit the home across the street. A couple pierced the garage door, while another went right through a front window.
The neighbor inside fell to the ground as bullets whizzed by to avoid being shot.
The deputies, outgunned, crouched for safety, their body armor offering no protection from automatic rifle fire.
Duffy had no idea the man next-door identified by deputies as Robert Fee had guns.
“I talked to him the night before and he was perfectly fine,” she said. “We had a lovely conversation.”
Not long after the harrowing call began, authorities say the suspect walked out of his garage with his hands up, throwing the rifle in his driveway.
No one was injured.
The 39-year-old has been booked on suspicion of three counts of attempted murder on a peace officer, authorities said.