A nearly six-hour standoff in Pomona with a 57-year-old man who was barricaded inside a house and threatened to kill himself ended when SWAT officers took him into custody and found eight guns inside the home, authorities said Saturday morning.
Claremont police received a call about 12:50 p.m. Friday about a man in the middle of the street bleeding near the intersection of Indian Hill Boulevard and American Way and when they arrived they saw the man walking toward a home in the 1600 block of American Way, which is in Pomona, according to Pomona Police Lt. Brian Hagerty.
Claremont police requested Pomona police units to assist and officers watched the suspect, identified as Manuel Rodriguez, walk into the home and come back out with a gun, which he held to his head and yelled at cops that he was going to kill himself, Hagerty said.
Rodriguez then fired a single gunshot into the ground and went back inside the home, prompting officers to set up a perimeter and bring in Crisis Negotiation and SWAT teams to try to get him to surrender. Rodriguez was agitated and said he wanted to kill himself or for the police to kill him, Hagerty said.
After nearly six hours of trying to get Rodriguez to surrender, SWAT officers were able to coax him far enough away from his home and weapons to take him into custody without incident, said Hagerty.
Rodriguez was placed on a 72-hour psychiatric hold pending additional criminal violations. Officers found eight firearms in the home, Hagerty said.
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