Man in distress fires shots in Atascadero
December 21, 2015
An Atascadero man in emotional distress fired shots when police arrived at his home on Sunday. Officers arrested him after an approximately two and a half hour standoff. [KSBY]
Early Sunday morning, Atascadero police responded to the man’s apartment on Santa Ysabel Avenue near Curbaril Avenue after receiving a call saying he was under mental distress. Officers determined the man did not meet the criteria for a psychiatric hold, and they left him in the care of a family member.
Shortly before noon, the man’s girlfriend reported to police that he had a gun.
When officers returned at the home, they heard three shots coming from the man’s apartment. The gunshots did not appear to be directed at officers, according to Atascadero police.
One of the shots hit a car, but no one suffered any injuries.
Officers found the man had barricaded himself in his apartment. Police created a perimeter around the apartment and evacuated people from the neighborhood.
Personnel from the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office, County Probation Department and Atascadero State Hospital responded to the scene to assist Atascadero police. Officers used an armored vehicle to approach the apartment and negotiate with the suspect.
One detective successfully negotiated with the man, and he surrendered shortly after 2 p.m.
Officers booked the man in San Luis Obispo County Jail, where he was placed on a psychiatric hold. Authorities have yet to release the man’s identity.