Suspect had Loaded 9-mm Handgun
by Jae Brattain | posted 02.19.2014
Phillip Edmond Cummings was out for a stroll with his canine companion in his neighborhood on Tuesday, February 19th. While on his outing, he came across another dog that was not on a leash or secured. Fearing that the dog was a threat, he proceeded to get a 9-mm handgun from his home.
The dog was in a driveway which is shared by several apartments. The canine actually belonged to a nearby neighbor. After getting his pistol, Cummings pointed the gun at the dog and ordered it to move towards a secure area. He yelled repeatedly at the animal, apparently thinking it could understand human commands. The dog eventually did move back and Cummings returned back to his residence.
The incident took place near the corner of De La Vina Street and West Figueroa. Other neighbors in a nearby apartment complex reported the incident to the Santa Barbara Police Department. They saw the 41-year old man brandishing the weapon and yelling at the canine.
When officers arrived at the scene, they went to Cummings home. After knocking on the door, the suspect answered with the gun still tucked in his waistline. The weapon was fully loaded and as a result, he was arrested. Cummings did not resist arrest and went with the officers without incident.
He was transported to Santa Barbara County Jail and booked into custody. His bail bond is set at $35,000 for possession of a firearm in public. If he does not post bond, his first court date will be Thursday, February 21st, at Santa Barbara Superior Court.