Suspect had replica weapon in waistband of pants during argument with neighbors, police say


A man was arrested on misdemeanor charges after allegedly displaying what turned out to be a replica handgun during an argument at midday Friday, Taft Police said.

Jeremy McGee, 30, was booked into Taft Jail after the incident on the 100 block of East Lucard.

Taft Police Lt. Pete Aranda said neighbors across the street called police following two disputes.

He said the neighbors reported that the suspect came out and complained about the loud music.
They told officers they turned the music down and the suspect returned to his house.

A short time later, they were working in their yard across the street from the suspect's house, Aranda said they looked over and saw McGee.

Aranda said words were exchanged again.

"It escalated to where McGee raised his shirt and displayed what looked like a semiautomatic handgun in the waistband," Aranda said.

The victims retreated to their house and called 911, Aranda said.

Officers arrived minutes later and called McGee out of the house.

He responded and came to the front yard where he was detained.

Officers still had to clear the house, Aranda said, and Taft Police and Kern County Sheriff's deputies surrounded it with guns drawn.

A short time later, a plastic handgun was located on the front porch and it matched the victim's description of what they said the saw.

McGee was then arrested, Aranda said.