Actress Alyssa Milano was quick to call in the cavalry for help, despite her activism to ‘Defund the police,’ when she believed an armed gunman was stalking her property on Sunday morning.
Milano’s 911 call summoned an enormous first responder presence of seven Ventura County Sheriff’s cars, a K-9 unit, a police helicopter, and a team from the LAFD, to her upscale Bell Canyon neighborhood.
When Milano and husband Dave Bugliari heard what they thought were gunshots on their $2.5 million property, they feared the former Charmed star’s longtime stalker, Jeff Turner, was attempting to break into their home. Turner has been accused of trying to forcibly enter the 8,000 square foot home and Milano filed a restraining order against him in 2008.
The couple told the emergency line that their dogs had been frightened by the sound of gunfire and gave a description of a suspect who was a 40-year-old male with a long rifle, despite never actually seeing the gunman.
After exploring the gated community by air and land for three hours, the search ended abruptly when a neighborhood teen realized he was the source of the incident and turned himself into authorities for shooting squirrels with an air gun.
The incident has been dubbed “Squirrelgate” by neighbors, who called Milano a hypocrite for being quick to call on the authorities that she has been urging followers to defund all summer. In July, the former Who’s the Boss star encouraged Twitter users to sign the “People’s Police Budget L.A.,” which would reduce police funding by 90 percent.
“She uses her platform in hypocritical ways,” said a neighbor. “She can tweet those things because at the end of the day she lives behind gates in a gated community. She knows the police will come to save her. But what about all those people who don’t have that luxury and live in unsafe neighborhoods? She obviously doesn’t care.”
Turn up the sound. This is why we protest. And we are not going to stop. #DefundThePolice
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) August 4, 2020
In a statement released by her spokesperson, Milano claimed a neighbor had spotted “a man dressed in all black, walking in the woods between our properties with a gun,” and she “understandably” called the police.
She also walked back her position on defunding the police. “These are exactly the type of situations that police officers are trained for and should be responding to, and we will always support police having the resources they need for appropriate policing actions.”
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) August 10, 2020
But clarified that she still supports the idea of sending unarmed professionals to non-violent emergency calls. “We’d love to see equally trained non-police professionals respond to addiction and mental health crises and non-violent events so that these brave officers can do the jobs they are so good at handling, as they demonstrated this weekend.”
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) July 17, 2020
Perhaps her Charmed co-star Rose McGowan is correct that Milano is a “f***ing fraud.”
2) You threw a fit in front of the crew, yelling, ‘They don’t pay me enough to do this shit!’ Appalling behavior on the daily. I cried every time we got renewed because you made that set toxic AF. Now, get off my coattails you fucking fraud.
— Rose McGowan (@rosemcgowan) August 22, 2020
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) September 22, 2020