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Monterey Co. Resident Fires Shot At Man Trespassing And Acting Irrationally Near Soledad

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A Monterey County resident fired a gunshot but did not injure a man trespassing on his rural property and acting irrationally on Thursday afternoon, a sheriff’s deputy said.

A resident in the 34500 block of Ramus Road near Soledad made contact with the suspect, later identified as 29-year-old Marina resident Sean Patrick Canavan, behind his residence, Deputy Jon Luther said.

Canavan was running at the resident and waving his arms. The resident ordered Canavan to stop and challenged him with a handgun, Luther said.

The suspect complied with the resident’s demands and the resident called 911 at about 2:40 p.m. to report a suspicious person trespassing on his property, Luther said.

While the resident was speaking to the 911 dispatcher, Canavan got to his feet and took a fighting stance. He began to run at the resident again, according to Luther.

Fearing for his safety, the resident pulled his handgun on Canavan for a second time. This time Canavan continued to run at him, and the resident discharged one round from his handgun, Luther said.

Canavan was not hit and attempted to run away from the resident.

Luther said the resident chased Canavan and ordered him to stop. Canavan complied and was taken into custody by arriving deputies without further incident.

Canavan was determined to be a danger to himself and others. He was transported to Natividad Medical Center and placed on an involuntary psychiatric hold, Luther said.

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