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Dixon police arrest man after calls about gunfire in Walmart parking lot

Dixon Police Department

Dixon police responded to calls of a man firing a gun from inside a vehicle in a Walmart parking lot Tuesday, eventually arresting the man on three misdemeanor counts unrelated to firearm possession.

Andrew Butterworth, 32, was attempting to drive away from the parking lot at North 1st Street and Regency Parkway when police arrived at approximately 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. In his possession were two high-powered pellet guns with lethal capabilities, according to a Dixon Police Department Facebook post, as well as a methamphetamine pipe.

Both pellet guns were virtually indistinguishable from hunting rifles, police said, and included flashlights on the top rail. But with no injuries and California law permitting over-the-counter air rifle purchases, Butterworth avoided being slapped with any charges of violent crimes.

Instead, Butterworth was arrested on charges of possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia, parole violation and driving with a suspended license. He remained in Solano County Jail with bail set at $24,100 as of Wednesday morning.

Benjy Egel: 916-321-1052, @BenjyEgel