McMelee: Transient Tries to Take Cops' Guns at McDonald's

A 20-year-old transient who allegedly tried to wrest away guns from two police officers during a struggle at a McDonald's restaurant in Burbank was in custody Tuesday in lieu of $1 million bail, authorities said.

Police were called to the fast-food restaurant at 1127 N. San Fernando Blvd. at 2:14 p.m. Monday on reports of a man causing a disturbance, said Burbank police Sgt. Robert Quesada.

When officers arrived, they were told the man had a gun, but none was seen. The suspect, however, appeared to the officers to be "mentally disturbed," Quesada said.

The man, later identified as Jerriel Sanders, allegedly tried to take a gun from an officer, and during the struggle over the weapon, a single gunshot was fired, the sergeant said. No one was hit, he said.

Sanders then ran out of the restaurant with the officers following closely behind. When they caught up with him, he continued to resist and allegedly tried to take a second officer's weapon, Quesada said.

At that point, the officers used Tasers on Sanders, but he ran off and was found a short time later, hiding in a trash bin, the sergeant said.

Sanders was slated to make his initial appearance Wednesday in Burbank Superior Court.

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