Anderson man points Airsoft pistol at victim after being honked at

An Anderson man was arrested Wednesday morning after pointing an Airsoft pistol at a man who honked at him because he was blocking the victims driveway.

The Anderson Police Department said at about 7:08 a.m., officers responded to the 1600 block of Mill Street for a report of a man who had just brandished a handgun.

When officers arrived, they spoke with the victim who said he had honked his horn at the suspect because his vehicle was blocking his driveway. The victim said that's when the suspect, later identified as Richard Lafond, 58, from Anderson, got out of the vehicle and brandished a black handgun.

Officials said Lafond then ran to a nearby home and the victim called 911.

Anderson Middle School was placed on lockdown due to its close proximity to where the incident happened and officers quickly set up a perimeter around the home Lafond was in.

Officials said several announcements were made over a patrol vehicle loud speaker for Lafond to come out of the home.

Three people came out of the home, including Lafond, and he was taken into custody without any further incident.

Lafond told officers he did not have a handgun but did have an Airsoft pistol under the front seat of his vehicle. Police said the Airsoft pistol was completely black and had no orange markings to indicate it was not real.

Lafond was booked into the Shasta County Jail for drawing or exhibiting an imitation firearm.

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