29-hour standoff with San Diego police ends in arrest in Mountain View
A man accused of threatening neighbors with a gun and firing at least one bullet at San Diego officers was arrested Monday afternoon after a SWAT confrontation that lasted about 29 hours in the San Diego neighborhood. Mountain View, police said.
Officers entered the 68-year-old’s home at around 2.45pm and took him into custody with the help of a police dog. He suffered minor injuries, police Lt. Adam Sharki said.
The incident began just after 8 a.m. Sunday after a 911 caller reported the man had fired a gun at a house on T Street near South 45th Street. Officers responded but were unable to confirm whether anyone had fired a gun, Sharki said. At around 8:50 p.m., further calls then reported that the man was outside the house, brandishing a gun at neighbors and threatening to kill them, Sharki said.
When the patrol officers arrived, they asked the man to come out, but he refused. Police eventually called a SWAT team and the department’s emergency negotiation team.
During Sunday’s clash, police used an armored vehicle to tear down the fences on the property, then fired tear gas into the house and used a loudspeaker to tell the man to come out and leave. surrender, according to a video from OnScene TV.
At around 4:45 p.m., the man fired at officers, who were unhurt and did not return fire, Sharki said. At that time, the department asked residents in the area to shelter in place. On Monday morning, Sharki said officers were on hand to escort residents who wanted or needed to leave their homes.
“We are giving him every chance to come out peacefully,” Sharki said Monday morning.
Heavily armed SWAT officers in tactical gear were staged around an armored vehicle outside the house on Monday afternoon. According to OnScene TV footage, loud bangs, presumably from flash-bang grenades, could be heard at the scene.
It is unclear what prompted the officers to enter the house to make the arrest. The man, identified as Reginald Smith, was treated in a hospital and then jailed on suspicion of attempted murder of a police officer, criminal threats, displaying a firearm and resisting an officer.
The police department’s Homicide Unit was investigating the case due to the alleged attempted murder of a peace officer.
Standoffs that last longer than a day are rare but not unheard of. At least two other times a standoff lasted more than 24 hours in San Diego County, according to Union-Tribune records. Both situations involved hostages.
In 1990, an 18-year-old Colorado man held a night watchman at gunpoint in a Travelodge hotel room on Harbor Island for nearly 34 hours, until SWAT officers shot tear gas canisters into the room and rush inside.
Two years later, a homicide suspect was held hostage at gunpoint at a medical clinic in Chula Vista. He was arrested after a tense 26-hour standoff with police.
Staff reporter Alex Riggins contributed to this report.