A police cruiser. Photo by John Schreiber.
A police cruiser. Photo by John Schreiber.

An armed man was arrested after holding off sheriff’s deputies from inside a home in unincorporated Covina for two hours, after he allegedly fired at passing cars, but no one was injured.

The incident began about 11:15 a.m. when deputies responded to the 16700 block of Cypress after receiving calls that a man was firing at passing vehicles, according to the San Dimas sheriff’s station.

The suspect, later identified as 20-year-old Sean Vasquez, then allegedly fired at deputies, striking a patrol car before running from the scene and barricading himself inside a home in the 4600 block of Roxburgh Avenue, Deputy Lisa Jansen of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau said.

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Deputies did not return fire because Vasquez was too close to a home at the time of the shooting, according to the department.

A sheriff’s special weapons team was called out to the Roxburgh Avenue scene and surrounding homes were evacuated, Jansen said.

Vazquez then spoke on the phone with personnel at the San Dimas station and crisis negotiators who finally convinced him to peaceably surrender, according to the department.

Vasquez was taken into custody about 1:15 p.m., the sheriff’s Special Enforcement Bureau reported.

No injuries were reported. And it’s not yet known why Vasquez allegedly fired on passing cars.


–City News Service


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