Iraq vet charged in assault-rifle incident at home

An unemployed Iraq war veteran faces charges of felony counts of possession of an assault weapon and child abuse and endangerment after an incident Tuesday evening in San Clemente.

A caller told the Orange County Sheriff’s Department that a father of young children had been hitting his wife, was using crystal methamphetamine and was armed with two assault rifles at a house on the 200 block of Avenida Santa Barbara. The man was “extremely paranoid” and had set booby traps around the house, the caller said.

Derick Alan Clifton, 32, was arrested and ordered jailed with bond set at $20,000. The incident was reported at 6:48 p.m. Tuesday.

By CIARAN McEVOY
11/04/2011 12:25 PM