Standoff at apartment complex in San Luis Obispo

July 2, 2024


Photo by Jeff Specht


A man engaged in a lengthy standoff with police on Monday after allegedly firing a gun at the Madonna Road Apartments in San Luis Obispo and threatening residents there.

Late Sunday evening, San Luis Obispo police received reports about gunshots being heard in the area of the 1500 block of Madonna Road. Officers arrived in the area but did not find any evidence of gunshots, according to the San Luis Obispo Police Department.

Then early Monday morning, a resident of the apartment complex found a bullet hole in the trunk of their vehicle. Officers investigated and determined 30-year-old Luis Martin Barron was suspected of firing a gun in the neighborhood.

At about 5:15 p.m. on Monday, a 911 caller reported Barron was banging on the door and window of a neighbor’s apartment while holding a gun. Officers arrived at the apartment complex immediately and located Barron. He then retreated into his apartment and refused to come out.

Officials called for the San Luis Obispo Regional SWAT Team to assist. Officers established a perimeter around the home and evacuated adjacent apartment units and apartment buildings. 

Police attempted to talk Barron into coming out using a loudspeaker. The effort failed.

However, police crisis negotiators managed to reach Barron on his cell phone and spoke with him for several hours, attempting to deescalate the situation and negotiate a peaceful resolution. At approximately 11:26 p.m., Barron exited his apartment, and officers took him into custody without further incident. 

Officers arrested Barron for felony unlawful discharge of a firearm and booked him in San Luis Obispo County Jail. Barron currently remains in custody with his bail set at $30,000, according to the SLO County Sheriff’s Office website. 


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Yet everyone should own a gun. Oh, except Hunter.

We supporters of the Constitution, do think everyone WHO IS A LAW ABIDING CITIZEN, ought to be armed.

See that “law abiding” part? It’s not too much of a leap, that we’ll likely find Mr. Barron was not allowed to possess a firearm, due to a criminal history that would be in violation of said Constitution.

So, yes. Unlike Hunter, who was found guilty of lying at least twice on a Federal form, that mentions lying on the form will be a federal offense, everyone else that is legally allowed, should own a gun.

While you thought you were being sarcastic, your words in support of American freedom are refreshing :)

I M H O there are law abiding citizens who should not own a gun and they know who they are; people unwilling to take the time to become safe and competent with a firearm, substance abusers, history of violence or criminal activity, mentally or emotionally unstable and those that feal firearms are evil (see previous reason).

Firearms are powerful tools that should be treated as such, they are inanimate objects neither good nor evil and are part of our culture like it or not.

A firearm safety class should be required of all students.

It’s time we face the fact there are more guns than people in this country and deal with it through education.

“take the guns first, go through due process second.”

Donald Trump. February 2018.