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Windsor man arrested on threats, weapons charges

Deputies seized a trove of guns from a man who was arrested after threatening deputies with a rifle Sunday, Windsor police said.

Loud music complaints at about 4 a.m. Sunday sent deputies to the home of Jeffrey Sterling, 59, on Pine Street in Windsor, Windsor Police Sgt. Mark Essick said.

Sterling was intoxicated, belligerent and armed with a rifle when deputies arrived at 4:11 a.m., Essick said. Sterling stood outside on his front porch and pointed the rifle at deputies, threatening to shoot them, Essick said. He then retreated into his home.

The deputies talked Sterling into exiting the home after several minutes and the man, unarmed, was taken into custody, Essick said.

Sterling was booked into the Sonoma County Jail on $400,000 bail on suspicion of threatening officers, making death threats, brandishing a weapon and assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, Essick said.

Deputies seized numerous weapons from the man's home, including rifles, handguns and ammunition, Essick said.


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