INDIO, Calif. - A man accused of firing two handguns in Indio, causing bullets to strike a nearby home, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to three felony charges.
Jason Diaz, 22, of Indio is charged with shooting at an inhabited dwelling, negligently discharging a firearm and carrying a loaded firearm.
Police received reports of gunfire around 8 a.m. Aug. 29 near Garden Avenue and Daisy Street, according to Indio police Sgt. Daniel Marshall, who said officers established a perimeter and conducted yard-to-yard searches for the suspect.
Diaz was eventually found hiding inside an abandoned car, where police also found "one illegally modified .223 caliber short rifle and two .40 caliber unregistered handguns,'' according to the sergeant. A .22 caliber rifle was also found in the backyard of a home in the area, he said.
Officers found "fresh bullet strikes'' on one home, but it was unclear whether that residence was deliberately targeted or hit by stray gunfire. No one was hurt.
Diaz remains free on $20,000 bail and is due back in court Nov. 2 for a felony settlement conference.
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