Paso Robles man threatens to stab officers

April 16, 2016

knifePolice arrested a Paso Robles man after he allegedly threatened to stab several police officers with a knife during a tense standoff on Friday evening, police said.

Shortly after 8 p.m., Joseph Paramo-Panos, 29, kicked in the door of his ex-girlfriend’s apartment on the 500 block of 4th Street and demanded the victim give him a ride in her car. The victim, who has a restraining order against Paramo-Panos, fled her home and then called the Paso Robles Police Department.

Officers arrived to find Paramo-Panos barricaded in the home. Paramo-Panos allegedly grabbed a torque wrench, a knife and a liquid filled syringe and threatened to attack or stab any officer who entered the home. At times, officers observed Paramo-Panos shooting the syringe into his arm, police said.

During the encounter, officers smelled a strong odor of natural gas coming from the apartment. Paramo-Panos yelled to officers he had turned on all the gas appliances in the kitchen and began attempting to ignite a lighter.

After officers had the gas and electricity turned off in the apartment, they broke out several windows and deployed pepper spray into the home. An officer then shot Paramo-Panos in the upper, left leg with a less-lethal beanbag shotgun. A short time later, Paramo-Panos surrendered.

Officers transported Paramo-Panos to Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton where he was medically cleared before they booked him into the San Luis Obispo County Jail. Paramo-Panos was charged with violating a restraining order, attempted arson, burglary and threatening and resting an officer. His bail is set a $50,000.



  1. Jon Tatro says:

    Well done, I’m sorry to have missed the fun.

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  2. Black Copter Pilot says:

    And there are some that want to legalize drugs?

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  3. abigchocoholic says:

    Wong. When a guy wants out that badly, you oblige him.

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  4. Pelican1 says:

    This guy must be a former Morro Bay Burger King employee.

    (-2) 24 Total Votes - 11 up - 13 down

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