Oct 14, 2013 4:20 PM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

SBPD arrest man they say assaulted another man with a gun

Santa Barbara Police arrested a man they say assaulted another man with a gun after an argument.

Police arrested 30-year-old Dru Ethan Stemm of Santa Barbara.

It happened around 1:13 a.m. Saturday.

Santa Barbara Police were called out to the 100 block of West Haley Street. When they arrived at the scene, they found two men. One was holding a loaded Ruger LC9 9mm pistol.

Police detained both people at gunpoint and handcuffed them.

After investigating the incident, police were able to determine the two men were dating, and earlier in the day they ate downtown and went to two bars. During that time, Stemm consumed several alcoholic beverages, and while the two were downtown, they got in an argument. Stemm drove to his home on West Haley Street and the other man walked there. Stemm confronted the other man in the parking lot, and he was holding the handgun. The two argued and Stemm held the gun to the other man's head and threatened him. The two got in a fight over the gun, and Stemm punched the man in the head and fired his gun twice. Eventually, he dropped it and the victim picked it up and held it until police arrived.

Investigators don't think Stemm was trying to shoot the victim. They think he was just angry and trying to frighten or intimidate the victim.

Stemm was arrested and booked in the Santa Barbara County Jail for assault with a deadly weapon, terrorist threat, possessing a loaded firearm with the intent to commit a felony, domestic battery, possession of a loaded firearm in a public place, and possession of a deadly weapon with the intent to commit assault.

His bail is set at $75,000.

The victim has contacted the Santa Barbara County Domestic Violence Emergency Response Team, and he has obtained an Emergency Protective Order.

Police searched the area to see if there were any other victims, but they didn't find anyone.



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