Crime San Francisco Bay Area

Man Arrested After Allegedly Brandishing Altered BB Gun, Threatening Youth

Santa Cruz police arrested a man on Saturday who allegedly flashed a gun at a juvenile and threatened to “blow his brains out,” according to police. On Saturday at 3:15 p.m., officers responded to the 800 block of Pacific Avenue where the found a suspect who was described as a white man with a blonde beard wearing a multi-colored shirt.

Police said they were told that the man was last seen walking on Pacific Avenue towards Maple Street. Two officers located Jeffrey Greer, 28, on Maple Street. When they approached him, Greer turned away and reached for the suspected gun in the waistband of his pants, according to police.

The responding officers un-holstered their guns and gave commands for Greer to stop but the Boulder Creek resident allegedly pulled a black pistol out of his waistband. Police said Greer did not comply with multiple orders to drop his gun. Eventually, they were able to de-escalate his stance, at which point Greer dropped the gun and surrendered. The black pistol Greer had in his possession turned out to be a BB gun allegedly replicated in the make and model of a Smith and Wesson M&P, according to police.

Greer was arrested on suspicion of making a criminal threat with intent to terrorize, alteration and display of an imitation firearm in public as well as committing a felony while released on bail, police said. “I commend my officers for their restraint and patience during incidents like this,” Police Chief Andrew Mills said in a statement. “I can’t applaud these officers enough for their use of training, judgment and teamwork to de-escalate this potentially life-threatening situation.”

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