A former corrections officer who barricaded himself in his Mountain View home after allegedly shooting at San Diego police officers was taken into custody Monday afternoon after a standoff lasting more than 29 hours, according to police.
Officers and SWAT had been at the home in the 4500 block of T Street since around 8 a.m. Sunday. SDPD Lt. Adam Sharki said the man was in custody as of 2:50 p.m.
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation confirmed the suspect, ReginaldSmith Brown, was a former corrections officer assigned to the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility. He retired from the CDCR in 2002.
Neighbors told NBC 7 they were relieved to learn Brown was taken into custody without serious injury. They say he lost his wife about a year ago after a long battle with illness, and said her death caused Brown a lot of distress. Police, however, have not said why Brown allegedly shot at police and refused to surrender.
"We always want to try to think about the worst-case scenarios, but this was not a worst-case scenario. This was the best possible way this could have ended with our friend," neighbor Darryl Wynn said.
"I want him to get the help he needs, I want him to be OK," neighbor Erika Soto said.
Callers told 911 they heard someone fire a gun from inside a house. Later, callers said a man was outside the house waving a gun at neighbors threatening to kill them, SDPD Lt. Adam Sharki said.
When officers arrived at the scene, they tried to de-escalate the situation but the person instead barricaded himself inside the home.
At around 4:45 p.m., Lt. Sharki said the armed man inside the home fired at least once at officers. No officers were injured and no officers returned fire.
An NBC 7 reporter at the scene said she heard police flashbangs around 6 a.m. Monday and gas was deployed into the home in an effort to get the man to surrender.
A crisis negotiator called to the man over a loudspeaker asking him to come out of the home with his hands up. A K9 was standing by but had not been deployed as of 11 a.m.
Police were available to escort neighbors from their homes during the shelter-in-place order.
One neighbor's car parked in front of Brown's home was damaged by a tactical vehicle police used to try and coax Brown out of his home.
No other information was available.
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