Man's 'Psychotic Breakdown' Leads To Seizure Of 57 Guns From Cow Hollow Home

Man's 'Psychotic Breakdown' Leads To Seizure Of 57 Guns From Cow Hollow HomeThe weapons seized from the home. (Images: Courtesy of SFPD)
Allie Pape
Published on September 06, 2016

A Cow Hollow man's alleged "psychotic breakdown" led to his arrest, as officers responded to shots fired at a home—and discovered 57 firearms stashed there. 

On August 29th at 6:49pm, officers responded to reports of shots fired at a residence at Laguna and Green streets. A witness told police that they had fled the home for their own safety, as their friend was having a "psychotic breakdown" and was in possession of a firearm. As the witness was leaving the building, they heard several shots fired indoors.

After creating a perimeter, officers spoke with a man standing in the doorway where the suspect had last been seen. The man, 63-year-old Jack Dane, was detained without incident, and investigators later identified him as the suspect. Dane has been booked on several gun-related charges, including shooting at an inhabited dwelling and willfully and negligently discharging a firearm.

Booking photo of Jack Dane.

Upon investigating the home, police discovered and seized a whopping 57 firearms, including 17 semi-automatic rifles (some of which were machine guns, according to police) and 40 handguns. [Update: As commenters have noted, police likely meant that it was a mix of semi-automatic and fully automatic firearms, totaling 17.]

While the suspect remains in jail, the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the SFPD anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444, or text a tip to TIP411 and begin the text message with 'SFPD.'