The suspicious container, described as a plastic can with a galvanized pipe and cap inside, was taken offsite by the bomb squad after Arroyo Grande officers had detained a local man who had been recently released from custody on bail and may have been armed with firearms.
Aaron Kirby, 35, was arrested and remains in County Jail today.
Police in several departments had received an “officer safety” warning to be on the lookout for Aaron Kirby, of Arroyo Grande, who, the warning said, might be armed.
At 10:56 a.m., an Arroyo Grande officer saw Kirby, driving a black Ford Ranger, near South Elm Street and Farroll Avenue. He followed him down Brittany Street, a cul-de-sac, where Kirby parked.
The officer questioned Kirby. Other officers arrived and searched Kirby and his vehicle. They found a .22-caliber rifle concealed in a trash bag on the passenger floor board, along with a plastic can with a galvanized pipe and cap inside.
They notified neighbors, and called out members of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Bomb Squad, who took the container off-site to be examined. Results of that examination were not announced.
Police charged Kirby with being a felon in possession of a firearm and committing crimes while out of custody on bail.
He is incarcerated at County Jail.