A Campbell man gets arrested for animal abuse after going on a crazy, all-day spree


Following a tumultuous six-hour spree, a Campbell man was taken into custody last Friday, according to the Campbell Police Department. Officers from the Campbell Police Department responded to complaints of a man rashly firing a gun into the air from his car close to Charmain Drive at 1:15 p.m.

The individual was recognized by the police as Campbell resident James Raymond Auvigne, 35. Officers recognized Auvigne from an earlier incident in which he was accused of causing a disturbance in front of a Safeway, eluding them, and resisting arrest.

CPD received a second 911 call at approximately 2:35 p.m. regarding a guy acting strangely on Superior Drive. According to the report, he was kicking his dog and firing a rifle into the air. Auvigne left in that instance before police could reach.

Officers conducted a high-risk stop after finding Auvigne outside his car on Colleen Way once more. Nevertheless, the man leaped into his car and drove off quickly. When that didn’t work, police staked out nearby regions in an attempt to find him again.

A second report of a man being punched by a suspect who fit Auvigne’s description was received at W. Valley Drive at 5:02 p.m. Soon after, Auvigne was discovered by the police, who observed him driving recklessly and breaking multiple traffic laws.

Officers kept up their calculated efforts to find him without starting a potentially dangerous chase.

Officers saw Auvigne strolling his dog in a parking area south of Graves Avenue in San Jose two hours later. When the officers launched a second, high-risk stop, Auvigne resisted their orders.

Auvigne was effectively taken under custody using “meticulous de-escalation techniques,” according to the police. It was discovered via further research that his weapon was a BB gun.

He was admitted to the Main Jail of Santa Clara County for:

  • Willful discharge of a BB gun
  • Animal cruelty
  • Evading a peace officer
  • Reckless driving
  • Resisting arrest

According to Campbell Police Chief Gary Berg, “Campbell officers demonstrated exceptional decision-making and dedication to safety and security of our community throughout this difficult series of incidents.” “The well-being of our residents and a successful outcome were secured by their professionalism in managing a hazardous situation.”

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