LOS ANGELES (AP) — A retired Superior Court judge surrendered to police after firing a weapon at officers during a standoff at his Los Angeles townhouse, authorities said Thursday.
James Bascue called 911 on Wednesday, saying there were armed men inside his home at a gated community in the Sawtelle neighborhood, Officer Liliana Preciado said.
When officers arrived, they peered through a window and saw Bascue alone on a couch loading two guns, Preciado said. Bascue did not respond to officers and pointed a gun at his head, she said.
Bascue, who is in his 70s, then fired a shot in the direction of officers outside, Preciado said. Officers heard a second gunshot from inside the townhouse and called for SWAT backup.
Police said they contacted Bascue’s son, who unsuccessfully tried to talk his father into giving himself up.
Bascue eventually spoke with a neighbor, who persuaded him to surrender, Preciado said. Police did not find anyone else inside the home. No officers were hurt.
He was given a mental evaluation, but authorities decided against a 72-hour mental-health hold and arrested him instead.
Bascue was released Thursday afternoon on $100,000 bail, according to Los Angeles County jail records.
He could face charges including assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer, Preciado said. She did not know if he has an attorney. Messages left at numbers listed for Bascue and his son were not immediately returned.
Bascue retired in 2007, according to the legal newspaper Metropolitan News-Enterprise. Before his official retirement, unspecified health issues kept him from the court, the newspaper reported.
The former judge, who earned his law degree from the University of California, Davis, was a deputy district attorney in Los Angeles from 1971 to 1990, serving as chief deputy from 1983 to 1985.
He was appointed to the bench in 1990 by then-Gov. George Deukmejian.
Bascue was honored in 2002 by the Judicial Council of California with its Jurist of the Year award.