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An ex-felon wanted on a misdemeanor drunken driving charge was arrested in Benicia for possession of a concealed, loaded gun on Tuesday. Officers arrived at a home in the 200 block of Baker Street in Benicia around 7:10 p.m. after learning that a suspect with an outstanding no-bail arrest warrant from Contra Costa County on suspicion of DUI was staying there, police said. As two officers spoke to a resident at the home, the suspect fled through a backdoor.
Officers waiting in the home’s backyard were alerted that the suspect was trying to flee. Upon seeing the officers, the suspect immediately surrendered, lying down on the ground, police said. While he was being taken into custody, the man admitted to being armed with a fully loaded 9 mm semiautomatic pistol. Police arrested the man, identified as 33-year-old Michael Horne, on suspicion of being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm, being in possession of a concealed firearm, being in possession of a high-capacity magazine and on suspicion of a DUI in connection with the Contra Costa warrant.
Police said Horne had several prior felony convictions for being a felon in possession of a loaded firearm. Benicia police Lt. Frank Hartig commended the officers who responded to the incident for a job well done. “We are very fortunate that this incident concluded with the suspect surrendering and complying with the officers’ orders. The officers confronted an armed suspect, with a prior history of violence and weapons convictions in a dark backyard,” he noted.
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