A possibly armed man, who threatened and got into an altercation with a passenger on an Anaheim bus, got into a hourslong standoff with sheriff’s deputies Thursday evening before they deployed CS gas and a canine to help take him into custody.
The suspect was on an Orange County Transit Authority bus Thursday afternoon when he got into an argument with another passenger which turned into a fight, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Carrie Braun.
The suspect threatened the victim with a weapon, which the victim described as a box cutter or similar sharp object, Braun said.
The suspect then got off the bus and onto another OCTA bus, which deputies located and stopped about 5 p.m. at the corner of Anaheim Boulevard and Cerritos Avenue.
Deputies assisted the bus’s passengers to safely get off the bus, but the “confrontational” suspect allegedly refused to leave and threatened deputies, Braun said.
The sheriff’s department activated its crisis negotiation team and SWAT team.
“After attempting to negotiate with the suspect for approximately four hours, they deployed and utilized CS gas, which is basically tear gas, to get him to exit the bus,” Braun said.
“Once he exited the bus, he still wasn’t complying with deputies’ commands to get on the ground, so they did deploy a canine.”
The canine bit the suspect and the suspect surrendered. He was taken into custody by 9:30 p.m., Braun said.
Deputies are processing the bus to see if the suspect was armed with a sharp object, as the victim believed.
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