Man arrested after police say he fired at a building

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A man is in jail tonight after Merced police said he shot at an occupied building.

It happened Friday night around 9 p.m. near 11th & G Street in Merced. 

Several officers were walking the neighborhood when they heard three gunshots and saw a vehicle take off without headlights on. 

Officers stopped the vehicle a couple of blocks away. Police said the driver, Jose Pimentel, 47, ran away but was later captured. 

Officers found a sawed off rifle in Pimentel’s vehicle and evidence in the alley that Pimentel had fired the gun recklessly. 

He was booked into jail on several felony gun charges.

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