Man Charged With Firing Nail Gun at LAPD Officers

An ex-con accused of firing a nail gun at four Los Angeles police officers responding to a disturbance at an El Sereno home was charged Wednesday with assault and other counts.

Arraignment for Bruce Edward Stiff, 58, was postponed Thursday. He faces four counts of assault upon a peace officer with a weapon likely to produce great bodily injury, two counts of resisting an executive officer and one count each of assault with a deadly weapon and vandalism causing more than $400 in damage.

Stiff allegedly fired a nail gun at Los Angeles police officers and a woman who lived at the home where he was staying when the officers responded to a call of an altercation Monday, but no one was hit. He also allegedly damaged windows and items in the home before being arrested after a five-hour standoff.

Stiff was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon in 2015, according to the criminal complaint. He could face up to 30 years in state prison if convicted as charged, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

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