After Hunter accidentally triggered his home's alarm, a dispatcher phoned his wife's cell phone, but she is in Texas and did not answer the call. Hunter, who did not play in the Angels' final exhibition game, an 8-3 win at Dodger Stadium, saw two officers in his backyard, approaching the back door as he was lying on a couch watching TV, he said.
"I saw the cops and turned around, and they had their guns out, saying, 'Show me your hands!'" Hunter said. "I'm like, 'All right, I'm cool.' I had a pistol upstairs. I'm a licensed gun owner. I'm glad I didn't get it, because I could have been shot. What would have happened if I went out there?"
The officers questioned Hunter, then walked behind him with their guns drawn as he went upstairs to get his ID.
A spokeswoman for the Newport Beach police confirmed that officers responded to an alarm call at Hunter's residence but declined to elaborate.
Hunter later tweeted about the incident, writing, "I'm not upset that the cops did their job today. I'm actually glad they were protecting home.
"The cops that were here today had their guns drawn but pointed downward in for safety. Those guys handled the situation like trained cops."
In a text to MLB.com, Hunter said, "I'm good. They didn't know if I was a burglar. Just a misunderstanding.
"They did what they had to do," Hunter added.