Suspect in Atascadero standoff identified
December 22, 2015
An Atascadero man who, in emotional distress, fired shots and engaged in a standoff with police on Sunday has been identified as 53-year-old John Floyd Jones, according to San Luis Obispo County Jail records.
Jones is still in jail, as of Tuesday morning, with bail set at $500,000. He is charged with shooting at an inhabited dwelling or vehicle and assault with a semiautomatic rifle on a police officer.
Early Sunday morning, Atascadero police responded to Jones’ apartment on Santa Ysabel Avenue near Curbaril Avenue after receiving a call saying he was under mental distress. Officers determined he did not meet the criteria for a psychiatric hold and left him in the care of a family member.
Officers returned to the home when, shortly before noon, Jones’ girlfriend reported to police that he had a gun.
When officers arrived the second time, they heard three shots coming from Jones’ apartment. The gunshots did not appear to be directed at officers. One of the shots hit a car, but no one suffered any injuries.
Jones barricaded himself in his apartment, and the standoff with police lasted about two and a half hours. During the standoff, police evacuated people from the neighborhood.
Officers used an armored vehicle to approach the apartment and negotiate with Jones. The Atascadero man surrendered shortly after 2 p.m.
When officers booked Jones in jail, they said they placed him on a psychiatric hold.