James Strika, 22, of Snelling, was arrested and booked on a $55,000 bail Thursday for possession of illegal weapons, but has since made bail on the charges.
On Thursday, the Merced Sheriff's Office received several calls of shots fired on the 200 block of Figmond in Snelling, according to a news release from the sheriff's office. Upon deputies arrival, they found several hundred spent casings in front of a residence the witnesses said the shots were coming from. Witnesses reported it sounded like automatic gun fire.
According to the release, deputies made contact with Strika, who admitted he was shooting his guns in front of his residence at an abandoned building. After searching his residence, deputies found two sawed off shotguns, one a 12-gage with a 12-inch barrel and the other a 20-gage with a 12.5-inch barrel, and an SKS riffle with a 30-round detachable magazine.
Strika was arrested for possession of a shotgun with a barrel length under the legal limit and possession of an assault weapon, according to the release. Investigators are looking into the case to determine if the SKS has been altered to be fully automatic.
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Strika could face additional charges if the weapon is found to be fully automatic.
-- Sun-Star staff