Man Arrested After Firing Shotgun in Downtown Weaverville
This is a press release from the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:
On January 12, 2020 at approximately 4:00 am, the Trinity County Sheriff Dispatch Center received a report of potential gunfire in the downtown area of Weaverville, CA. California Highway Patrol Officers as well as Sheriff’s Deputies, responded to the downtown area in an effort to locate any potential disturbance.
While searching the area, Officers and Deputies observed a subject later identified as Julian Ascher, who had been standing near the intersection of Court Street and State Route 299. Ascher had been holding a shotgun and was pointing it at another male.
Officers and Deputies gave Ascher commands to drop the gun, at which time he complied. All subjects present were detained while the investigation commenced.
During the investigation, Ascher admitted to having discharged the shotgun in the air once. He further indicated that he did not know the subject in which he had been pointing the firearm at, but he stated that the subject had been acting suspiciously.
The subject Ascher had pointed the firearm at had been walking home from a party. It was concluded that neither party acted in an unlawful fashion, and the subject was released and is the victim in this incident.
Ascher had been visiting the Weaverville area and had been staying at a local area Motel. Ascher was arrested for the below referenced offenses, and the investigation remains ongoing.
417(A)(2) PC: Brandishing a Firearm
246.3(A) PC: Discharging a Firearm in a Grossly Negligent Manner
415 PC: Disturbing the Peace
236 PC: False Imprisonment
422(A) PC: Criminal Threats
245(A)(2) PC: Assault with a Deadly Weapon
Ascher, Julian: 04/04/1977, (from Little River, CA)
Trinity County Sheriff’s Office
California Highway Patrol