Man Finds He Is On "Most Wanted" List in California from Google Search
March 17, 2014 9:50 AM
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Man allegedly fired his gun into the ground near people he was arguing with
A California man named Christopher Viatafa got a little more than he bargained for after performing a simple Google search. Perhaps out of boredom, Viatafa decided to Google himself only to find that he was on the “most wanted” criminals website in his area.
Viatafa found himself on the wrong side of the law after an August 2013 incident in which he got into an argument outside a senior center. Following the argument, he “pulled out a semi-automatic handgun and fired a few rounds into the ground near the people," according to a police statement.
Viatafa went about his daily routine for the next seven months unbeknownst to the fact that he was on
Northern California's Most Wanted website
Captured? He turned himself in...
When he found that he was listed on the site, he promptly turned himself into the police. "Although it wasn't good judgment that landed him on the website, he did used good judgment to turn himself in after seeing his photo," San Leandro Police said in a statement.
Viatafa has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon and listed as a captured fugitive.
"The website played an important part in his apprehension," said police. "[It] has been a valuable tool for both law enforcement and the public in finding criminals."
Northern California Regional Intelligence Center
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3/17/2014 11:39:59 AM
It might not be assault but it was stupidity. Never discharge a firearm unless you intend to kill something, be it a target or a lifeform. Also, always make sure that there are no unintended targets within the potential flight path beyond the point of initial discharge.
The second point above is one I think most gun owners should be careful with. Just because you shoot a target/animal/object/whatever... doesn't mean the bullet will stop. It could travel beyond the point of impact with reduced velocity but still have enough energy to be lethal.
It might be cute in the movies to shoot at people's feet and make them dance but in the real world, there are real consequences if it harms other people or property around them.
Perhaps he could be charged with reckless endangerment or willful negligence and required to take a firearms training course plus anger management or something as his consequence?
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