CA: Santa Cruz business owner arrested for “attempted murder” after trying to prevent burglary

Source: SFGate

“The owner of a company that makes cannabis products was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after firing a gun to try to stop thieves from robbing his business, officials said. Derek Hubbard, 36, the owner of a cannabis facility on the 300 block of Encinal Street in Santa Cruz, arrived at the business around 4 a.m. after the alarm was triggered by the attempted robbery, Jon Bush, a spokesperson for the Santa Cruz Police Department told SFGATE. As the individuals who attempted to rob the facility exited the building, Hubbard fired several shots from a handgun and subsequently rammed one of their getaway vehicles with his vehicle, Bush said. After Hubbard fired several shots, the thieves also shot back, he said. Hubbard was booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail with no bail on Monday on suspicion of multiple counts of attempted murder, according to jail records.” (11/16/23)