SANTA ANA, Calif. – A man was charged today with assault on peace officers for shooting at them from inside a patrol car with an unlawfully possessed police-issued rifle.
|Defendant||Charges||Maximum Sentence||Court Date|
|Stephen Eric Matthews, 33, Garden Grove||
Charged today with the following counts:
|10 years and four months in state prison||
Feb. 16, 2018, 10:00 a.m.
Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana
Circumstances of the Case
- On Feb. 13, 2018, at approximately 9:30 p.m., Matthews was contacted by the Garden Grove Police Department (GGPD) and placed in the rear of a patrol car while awaiting medical aid.
- Approximately 10 minutes later, Matthews is accused of obtaining a GGPD rifle from inside the patrol car and pointing it at officers through the closed window. The officers took cover.
- The defendant is accused of firing a single round through the front windshield of the patrol car.
- Matthews is further accused of using the rear end of the rifle to smash the in-car computer.
- SWAT officers responded to the scene and the defendant surrendered hours later without further incident. No shots were fired by officers.
Prosecutor: Deputy District Attorney Jeffrey Kirk, Special Prosecutions Unit
Orange County District Attorney / Case # 18WF0400 / February 15,