Sacto 9-1-1
December 6, 2011
Sacramento police: Man breaks up domestic dispute with warning shot

A man was arrested last night on suspicion of domestic violence after police said a citizen fired a shot to stop him from beating a woman.

Police said that the incident began around 10 p.m. in Sacramento when they received numerous calls about a man beating a woman at 24th and R streets. A citizen who could not find his cellphone instead armed himself with a gun and went outside of his home.

He yelled at Michael Ryan Hans, 39, to leave the woman alone.

Hans threw the woman to the ground and advanced on the citizen with the weapon, according to a police activity log. The citizen then told Hans to back off.

But when Hans continued to walk toward him, the citizen fired a warning shot. That broke things up.

The woman fled on foot. Hans also took off. And the citizen went back inside his home.

Police said Hans later returned looking for the gun-toting good Samaritan. Officers who had arrived on the scene took Hans into custody.

He was booked on suspicion of battery against a person with whom he had a previous dating relationship.

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