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Woman allegedly fires gun because men were talking too loud

June 16, 2011 | 11:49 am

A woman who fired a gun to frighten some men who were talking too loud near her Mission Viejo home has been arrested, authorities said Thursday.

Sandra Smith, 65, was upset that the men hanging out at the beach near the 22000 block of Formentor Street just before midnight Monday were disturbing her, said a spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

The young men told police Smith that came out onto her balcony twice and "yelled at them for making excessive noise," said spokesman Jim Amormino. "She came out a third time and appeared to have a gun."

The group left the beach and reported the incident to authorities. Deputies arrived and questioned Smith, who initially told them that she fired a flare gun, Amormino said. She later admitted it was real gun, he said.

Deputies checked the residence "and found expended casings," Amormino said.

Smith was arrested on suspicion of discharging a firearm in a negligent manner, authorities said.

The Orange County Register reported that Smith, whose occupation was listed as a Realtor on arrest records, was being held in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Amormino could not immediately confirm whether Smith was still in custody.

"People don't realize that when a gun is discharged, the bullet comes down just as fast," Amormino said. "It's ill-advised to do this, and it's illegal."


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