Suicidal Pismo Beach man causes nine-hour standoff

March 20, 2014

IMG_3184A Pismo Beach man threatening suicide with a shotgun prompted a nine-hour standoff with law enforcement that began late afternoon Wednesday and ended early Thursday morning.

Bryce Blue, 25, barricaded himself inside his Pismo Beach house in the 900 block of Hanford Street around 4 p.m. Wednesday. After Pismo Beach police officers arrived, Blue fired several rounds from his shotgun and threatened to shoot anyone who approached.

Several other local law enforcement agencies then surrounded the house and blocked off the neighborhood, only allowing residents to return to their homes. The San Luis Obispo Regional SWAT Team then took over control of the standoff, and negotiators communicated with Blue.

Around 1 a.m. Thursday, officers took Blue into custody without injury. They arrested him for assault with a deadly weapon and booked him in San Luis Obispo County Jail on $50,000 bail.


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I am no mental health expert by any means but if someone really wanted to kill them self, wouldn’t they just do it quietly and without trying to create a scene? It seems to me that these type of cases are more someone crying (loudly) for help. Yes, there is no excuse for firing a weapon at the police. If you want to blow your head off, then go ahead but don’t try to get someone else to do it for you by default.They don’t deserve to carry a lifetime of future baggage of a suicide by cop etched in their memories.

Sometimes you just gotta say….”What the F#@&!

Sounds like he should have been incarcerated at County Mental Health rather than the jail? I guess they were pissed off because he fired his gun off over their heads but that doesn’t make him any less mentally ill and in need of treatment. How did the PD learn that he was suicidal and end up at his home to begin with?

Nice Monday morning quarterbacking Cindy. It’s great to see you’re a well-versed forensic psychologist! Yes, he is in need of mental health treatment. But it’s not okay to fire upon law enforcement officers. They have the God-given right to go home to their families at the end of their shifts.

If a precedence is established where prosecution is circumvented in the interest of mental health treatment alone, where’s the deterrence? Others with mental health disorders will think this behavior is acceptable. This guy needs to answer to his crime, period.