A man who was shot by police after pointing at them what turned out to be a BB gun during a foot chase in Linda Vista pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of resisting an executive officer while using a dangerous weapon and bringing a BB or pellet gun onto school grounds.
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Ferdinand Gangano Alarcio, 52, faces three years and eight months in prison if convicted.
Deputy District Attorney Michael Runyon said officers responded to the corner of Linda Vista Road and Ulric Street about 2 p.m. Tuesday to investigate reports of a dispute between two men, possibly with shots fired.
When officers arrived on scene, the men were not there. Officers searched the area and found two men who matched the description of the men involved in the earlier incident and ordered them to the ground, but Alarcio did not comply and pointed what looked like a semiautomatic firearm at one officer, Runyon said.
Alarcio fled and two officers pursued on foot, eventually shooting the defendant in the hand as he tried to climb a fence at a day care center, the prosecutor said.
After his arrest, the defendant admitted using methamphetamine earlier in the day, admitted pointing the BB gun at the officer, and also admitted making some bad decisions that day, according to Runyon.
The prosecutor said an officer took a report of a similar incident involving Alarcio in 2013.
Alarcio — who was ordered held on $100,000 bail — will be back in court Feb. 6 for a readiness conference and Feb. 8 for a preliminary hearing.
–City News Service
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