A Placer County sheriff's deputy happened to be parked nearby when three individuals pulled over on Barton Road in Loomis about 2:45 a.m. Friday and allegedly start firing guns.
No one was hurt by the gunfire.
The suspects then sped away from the scene, and the deputy chased after the them. The deputy reported the driver drove through stop signs on Barton and Brace roads. The pursued vehicle finally stopped after it blew a tire and hit a median, sheriff's department spokesperson Dena Erwin said. She said the driver ran from the car, but was caught by the deputy.
The two other suspects were taken into custody by additional deputies and Rocklin police officers who came to the first deputy's aid.
The trio were identified as Aaron Lee Patrick, 24, (the driver); Kyle James Lopez, 21, and Ronald Paynter, 23, all of Loomis. Erwin said Patrick is a state prison parolee classified under realignment to the supervision of county probation and local law enforcement, rather than state parole.
Erwin said in the vehicle, deputies recovered an AR rifle and a 12-gauge rifle reported stolen from National Gun in Loomis on Monday.
Erwin said the men may have been shooting at road signs and/or the ground.
Patrick, Lopez and Paynter were arrested and booked into Placer County Jail on felony willful discharge of a firearm, conspiracy and receiving stolen property. Bail for Patrick was set at $125,000; $110,000 for Lopez and $25,000 for Paynter.