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Man who fired at a California agent, police drone gets 36 years

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A Whittier man who fired at a law enforcement officer and an unmanned police drone during a more than eight-hour standoff at a Costa Mesa building was sentenced Tuesday to 36 years and four months in prison, court records show.

Luis Mendez Jr., 51, was convicted earlier this year of assault with a deadly weapon against a special agent, among other charges, for firing at, but not hitting, a state bureau of firearm agent during the Oct. 5, 2022 standoff in the 1700 block of Monrovia Avenue.

Prosecutors in a sentencing brief wrote that agents were checking on firearms the had been registered at the address for a residence and business used by Mendez despite his being barred from owning such weapons due to a 2017 domestic violence conviction.



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