Armed man barricades himself in MV apartment complex

Police, SWAT on scene talking to uncooperative man near Williams Way

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.


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Posted by UC Davis Grad
a resident of Cuernavaca
on Jul 2, 2014 at 5:09 pm

This incident is occurring literally a short walk away from where I live. Given the level of police activity I saw this afternoon, I thought it was something serious -- but this is on a totally different level altogether.

Hoping that this situation can be resolved without violence on anyone's part.

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Posted by tk
a resident of Shoreline West
on Jul 2, 2014 at 5:45 pm

The man was reported to be depressed and they send out Swat? This story stinks to high heaven. When does it require Swat for depression? If someone goes to the Doctors and says they are stressed because of work, does this mean Swat will be kicking in your door?

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Posted by tk
a resident of Shoreline West
on Jul 2, 2014 at 5:56 pm

I can read just fine. Last time I checked it's not illegal to have a gun in your home. It's not illegal to carry a gun in your home. If the man broke no laws and he doesn't want to talk with the police, it's his right.

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Posted by hmm
a resident of North Whisman
on Jul 2, 2014 at 6:14 pm

This man will not be allowed to own guns after this incident. Just like people lose their license when they drive recklessly. Innocent until proven guilty. Y

You can't make guns illegal because some people might use them for their unintended purpose. Just like you can't make cars illegal because someone might crash and die.

If a bus crashes and 20 people die. Is that not similar to a mass shooting? Lets make buses illegal because buses are "high capacity"

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Posted by Sparty
a resident of another community
on Jul 2, 2014 at 6:44 pm

Sparty is a registered user.

UC Davis grad is apparently unaware that stories update. Even when they say "Check back for more details as they become available."

Guess he can't read either.

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Posted by Zekkular Bulgaris
a resident of Willowgate
on Jul 2, 2014 at 7:01 pm

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Another reason all citizens should be armed.

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Posted by Sparty
a resident of another community
on Jul 2, 2014 at 7:06 pm

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Despite (in another article's comments) a reader saying "there hasn't been ammunition at walmart for months" ...there has been LOTS of ammo at Walmart for months.

You know, if people really were concerned about guns, they could go buy up all the ammo at Walmart and just turn it in to the police. That way the morally inferior and just plain "bad" people wouldn't be able to get their hands on it.

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Posted by LikeToWatch
a resident of Cuernavaca
on Jul 3, 2014 at 2:30 pm

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That is a rough block, as I recall from being a Census Taker in 2010.

Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

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