Posted by on September 21, 2017
Categories: Bay Area

( – Three people were arrested in Novato on Wednesday after numerous calls of shots fired led to the discovery of a cache of weapons at a residence, according to police.

Police arrested Ryan Wechsler, 31, Louis Thorsson, 33, and Heather Howard, 33, all of Novato, after a search of the home uncovered several loaded firearms, an AR-15 rifle and a homemade short-barreled shotgun.

Witnesses called police at 11:36 a.m. Wednesday to report a man shooting a rifle into a creek area behind homes on Jennifer Lane. When police arrived, they encountered two men, Wechsler and Thorsson, outside the home.

Officers then attempted to enter the home, which was occupied by Howard, who did not answer police commands to exit the home.

Fearing for her safety because she didn’t respond to the commands, police entered the home to check on Howard’s welfare. Police discovered the weapons after entering the home.

In addition to the weapons, officers found ammunition and spent shell cases in the home and the surrounding area.

Wechsler, Thorsson and Howard were arrested on suspicion of a variety of offenses, including being a felon in possession of a firearm, being a felon in possession of ammunition, possession of an assault weapon,
possession of a short-barrel shotgun and discharging a firearm within city limits.

Howard was also arrested on suspicion of violating her parole and Thorsson was arrested on suspicion of committing a felony while out on bail.

Novato police encourage anyone with information about the case to contact them at (415) 897-4361.