Police safely detained an armed, possibly suicidal man yesterday after he barricaded himself in his Mountain View apartment, causing a stand-off that lasted more than five hours.
The Mountain View Police Department's Crisis Negotiation Team diffused the tense situation at 6:20 p.m. when they convinced the man it was in his best interest to put down the gun and come with police, according to Sgt. Saul Jaeger of the Mountain View Police Department.
The situation began at about 12:51 p.m. Wednesday, when a neighbor of the 46-year-old, whose name has not been released, called authorities to request a welfare check for the man, who reportedly lives in an apartment on the 1000 block of Williams Way. Prior to arriving, police learned that the man was possibly suicidal and might be armed, Jaeger said.
Police communicated via phone with the man's 14-year-old daughter, who was present in the apartment, and were able to get her out of the building safely. The man was uncooperative and came out of the apartment with a knife, and later produced a handgun and threatened to kill himself, according to Jaeger.
Police pulled back and requested assistance, and a number of local emergency agencies arrived to the scene, including Mountain View police and fire officials, members of the Sunnyvale Public Safety Department and the SWAT team, according to Shino Tanaka, public information officer with the Mountain View Police Department.
Police officers evacuated up to six nearby residents from the area, and told other neighbors to shelter in place while emergency responders work to resolve the situation. One resident said two officers came to his door around 2 p.m. and told him and anyone else in the building to evacuate, and that there was an armed man in the area.
Jaeger said the man communicated with the Crisis Negotiation Team through his door frame and his car port, no more than 50 feet from the team. The total standoff lasted about five and a half hours.
Several streets surrounding the residence were cordoned off, and police said at 4:30 p.m. that residents of the area would not be permitted to enter the perimeter to come home. Police blocked off three intersections -- Dale Avenue and Greenview Drive, Dale Avenue and Williams Way, and Greenview Drive and Crestview Drive -- effectively limiting access to the L-shaped Williams Way.
Jaeger said the man was detained on criminal charges, and also received medical help.