Gregory Tyrell Brunner and the gun with no serial number.| LCSO

Lake County Sheriff’s Office press release:

On July 29, at 10:50 a.m., A Clearlake Police Officer who was assisting with patrols in the Scott’s Valley area observed a Ford Mustang traveling on Scott’s Valley Road near Hendricks Road in the evacuation area. The officer conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle contacting the driver who identified himself as Gregory Tyrell Brunner, 32, of Lakeport. Brunner told the officer he lived in the area and was on his way to the store. The officer determined Brunner’s driver license was suspended and placed him under arrest for driving on a suspended license and being in a disaster area. While conducting a search of Brunner’s vehicle, the officer located a loaded handgun that had the serial numbers removed. The officer also determined that Brunner was a convicted felon.

Brunner was transported to the Hill Road Correctional Facility where he was booked for Driving on a Suspended License, Unauthorized Person in Evacuation Area, Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Convicted Felon in Possession of Ammunition, Concealed Firearm in a Vehicle, and Possession of Firearm with Serial Numbers Removed. He remains in custody with bail set at $25,000. Brunner did provide a residence address within the evacuated area.

The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the public that if they live in an evacuated area and have not evacuated, they are asked to stay at their property and shelter in place. This will help the law enforcement personnel patrolling the evacuated areas in determining people who should not be in the area and aid first responders with keeping roadways clear.