Retired 'straight as an arrow' judge James Bascue is in jail after shooting at police officers the 75-year-old called out to his West Los Angeles home Thursday.

Police responded after receiving an incoherent 911 call, to find Bascue sitting in his South Barrington Avenue home with two guns in his lap, one of which he put to his head. When police told him to put the gun down, he fired at them, but missed.

Former state Atty. Gen. John Van de Kamp said the Bascue he knew would never flout the law. The two met in the 1970s, when Van de Kamp was L.A. County district attorney and Bascue a prosecutor. He praised Bascue as a “serious, straight arrow".

Under Van de Kamp, Bascue spearheaded the hardcore gang unit that prosecuted the county's most violent offenders.
After a standoff with SWAT, a neighbor eventually persuaded Bascue to surrender.