Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a Lompoc man for an assault with a deadly weapon in Vandenburg Village. On Thursday, August 26, 2021 at approximately 5:09 p.m., deputies responded to the 600-block of Moonglow Road for a report of a brandishing that had just occurred. When they arrived, deputies learned that 50-year-old Daniel Donnelly had driven to the residence, parked in the driveway and confronted the victim at the front of the residence with wild accusations. Donnelly threatened the victim, drew a handgun and pointed it at the victim. Donnelly then fled the scene in his car, nearly hitting he victim and sideswiping a parked car before returning to his residence in the 600-block of Carina Drive.
Deputies set up a perimeter around the Carina Drive address and requested the assistance of a Sheriff’s K9 unit, and the Special Enforcement Team. Deputies made several attempts to contact Donnelly to have him surrender peacefully, to no avail. Deputies authored a search and arrest warrant for Donnelly and his residence, which was approved by the on-call judge. At approximately 11:54 p.m., deputies made entry into Donnelly’s home, but did not find him inside. Deputies recovered a loaded, un-serialized “ghost gun” inside the residence that is believed to have been the one that Donnelly pointed at his neighbor.
On Friday, August 27, 2021 at approximately 8:21 a.m., deputies were dispatched to the Carina Drive address when neighbors reported seeing Donnelly in the area. Deputies contacted Donnelly and took him into custody on the outstanding Ramey warrant. Donnelly was booked at the Main Jail for assault with a deadly weapon (felony), assault with a firearm on person (felony), and threatening a crime with intent to terrorize (felony). He is being held on $250,000 bail.