On February 25th, 2021 the Sacramento Sheriff’s office received a 911 call from a citizen claiming that someone who was in his house for repair work was instead eating his food and that he had them at gunpoint. Later, shots were fired and officers were dispatched to the scene where the sole occupant of the house was taken into custody. Later, the Sheriff’s department collected a large amount of weaponry and explosives which included a tear-gas grenade launcher (appears to be a Manville gas gun), 3 sticks of what was thought to be dynamite, and tens of thousands of rounds of various ammunition.
Sacramento Sheriff Seizes Rifles Tear Gas Launcher and Dynamite
NEWS RELEASE: FELONY ASSAULT WEAPONS CHARGES FOR MISSION AVENUE INCIDENT
At 1:53 a.m. on Thursday, February 25, 2021, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center received a call from a male subject in the 1400 block of Mission Avenue in Sacramento County. The male stated that the people who were in his house to repair a gas leak were instead eating his food and he had them at gunpoint. Moments later dispatch heard a single gunshot; the subject then stated he shot someone. Deputies arrived at the residence and with assistance from dispatch, calmed the subject and convinced him to walk out of the residence where deputies detained him without incident.
Deputies entered the home to search for a victim(s) but found no one else in the residence. It was evident that a shot had been fired inside and a gun was located. The subject and sole occupant of the house at the time of the incident was identified as Bradley Imre Bodai (38). Bodai was showing signs of a mental health crisis. Due to Bodai’s acute state of mental health, a Gun Violence Restraining Order was sought and signed by a judge at approximately 5:58 a.m. A search of the residence revealed a massive cache of guns, ammunition, weaponry hardware and ballistic safety equipment. A large gun safe contained what appeared to be 3 sticks of dynamite with a charge timer which prompted an evacuation order of a half mile radius affecting 1800 residences. Sacramento Sheriff’s Office Explosive Ordnance Detail (EOD), Special Investigative Intelligence Bureau (SIIB) as well as the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, State DOJ and Alcohol-Tobacco-Firearms (ATF) converged on the scene to assist with the evacuation and search for and inventory of the firearms.
The dynamite turned out to be an authentic looking imitation. Approximately 30,000 AK-47 rounds, 5,000 AR-15 rounds and tens of thousands of semiautomatic handgun rounds were recovered. In addition to 21 semiautomatic handguns, 4 revolvers, 18 rifles and 3 shotguns, investigators found 3 Polish Made Grenade Launchers, many armor piercing rounds, firearm silencers, equipment to manufacture firearm silencers and an array of ballistic safety equipment. Some of the weapons had been modified to be considered an assault rifle under California Penal Code. All of the items seized are being held as evidence in the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office Property Warehouse.
Initially Bodai was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail on a single misdemeanor charge of Discharge of a Firearm in a Grossly Negligent Manner and placed on a mental health hold. He has since been add-booked with 19 felony charges of Possession of an Assault Weapon and is being held on $250,000 Bail. At this time, no further suspects are outstanding. No further information is available.
Aside from the seizure and arrest, this incident has left me with a lot of questions including how dangerous all of this stuff really was. Since the dynamite was found to be imitation only does this mean that they were simply dummy explosives or some other sort of explosive that wouldn’t have been counted as part of the 19 felony charges this man now faces. In addition, it is worth pointing out that if this man had not been living in California, he would perhaps be facing much fewer charges due to the nature of Califonia’s gun laws. One thing for sure is that I could really use all of that ammunition that was seized.