California police arrested a man Tuesday who they say was armed with enough ammunition to unleash a "war" on the city of Yreka.
Michael Solano, 54, of Sacramento, was allegedly in possession of more than 4,000 rounds of ammunition, more than 70 loaded magazines, 15 homemade explosive devices, one pistol and two assault weapons, three other weapons, surveillance equipment, clothing with face masks and a tactical vest, Yreka Police Chief Brian Bowles said.
In a written statement, Bowles claimed that Solano was “going to rain war on Yreka.
”The incident took place on Tuesday afternoon when police officers received a call that a man was acting “weird” near the Siskiyou Country Probation Department. When officers attempted to contact Solano, he reportedly reached for his gun and pointed it at police, Bowles said.
Following a struggle in which Solano reached for an officer’s gun and Taser, police officers and two civilians were able to handcuff the suspect, police said. During the struggle, Solano reportedly asked the officers several times to kill him.
When officers searched Solano, they found an explosive device on his leg, which was later removed without incident, police told FOXNews.com.
Solano was booked on several charges, including possession and transportation of a destruction device, resisting arrest and assault with a firearm, Bowles said. Additional charges were pending Thursday. He was remanded to a county jail in lieu of $2 million bail.
Solano was out on bail from a July 18 incident in which police located an explosive device in his car, officers said.
“We are lucky that the quick response from officers and help from the citizens saved us from a very serious incident,” Bowles said.