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OC assailant who pointed submachine gun at police gets 28 years

November 5, 2012 | 12:21 pm

A 45-year-old Whittier man has been sentenced to 28 years in prison on charges of pointing a submachine gun at police during a three-hour standoff outside his parents’ Santa Ana mobile home.

Authorities said that in June 2009, Stephen Thomas Foust -– armed with a loaded submachine gun and extra ammunition -– told his father that he wanted to kill himself, and when his father announced he would call police, Foust replied, “I’ll have them kill me.”

When police arrived, Foust yelled, “Shoot me, shoot me,” and holed up inside his Nissan for three hours, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

During the standoff, Foust threatened to kill the surrounding officers and pointed his submachine gun outside the window in their direction, the DA’s office said.

A police bullet hit Foust in the shoulder and he dropped the weapon.

In August, a jury convicted Foust of assault with a semiautomatic firearm on a peace officer and exhibiting a firearm in the presence of a peace officer.

Foust, who was sentenced Friday, had prior convictions for false imprisonment and assault with a deadly weapon, the DA’s office said.


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