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Stressed-out armored car guard allegedly fires gun on 210 Freeway

September 20, 2011 | 11:29 am

An armored car guard who reportedly was feeling anxiety and stress from his home and work life will be arraigned Wednesday for allegedly firing his gun from his work vehicle while it was on a crowded freeway.

Richard Chairez, 25, Santa Ana, will be charged with reckless discharge of a firearm when he is arraigned in West Covina Superior Court.

Chairez, a guard with Dunbar Armored, was a passenger in an armored van Monday when he told the driver to pull over to the slow lane of the 210 Freeway in Glendora, said Glendora Police Lt. Brian Summers.

The van was due to exit the freeway, so the driver complied.

Chairez then allegedly opened the van door and fired his pistol into an embankment, Summers said. The driver quietly called supervisors when he and Chairez made a scheduled stop a short time later.

Supervisors arranged to meet the van at the next stop and called Arcadia police. Chairez was disarmed and arrested.

The case was then transferred to police in Glendora, where the incident occurred, Summers said.

“Life wasn’t going too well. He was upset,” Summers said. “He was angry about his working conditions and upset about some domestic trouble he was having.”

Chairez was booked into Glendora city jail in lieu of $35,000 bail.


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