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Man taken into custody after police barricade Atascadero neighborhood

Update at 4:40 p.m.: A man was taken into custody Sunday afternoon after law enforcement barricaded parts of Santa Ysabel Avenue near Curbaril Avenue in Atascadero.

Earlier Sunday morning officers responded to the residence after receiving a report that someone was in mental distress. The individual didn't meet the criteria for a hold and had someone there to take care of him, said Cmdr. Joe Allen of the Atascadero Police Department.

Around 11:29 a.m., 911 received a call from the subject’s girlfriend, reporting that the subject had a gun and that officers needed to respond to the location, Allen said.

As officers arrived, three gunshots were heard coming from the apartment. The gunshots did not appear to be directed at the law enforcement officials, Allen said.

“Everybody was in danger in the neighborhood, because we didn’t know who he was shooting at,” Allen said. One of the gunshots is believed to have hit a parked car, and another gunshot struck the asphalt.

The officers set up a perimeter around the apartment and sought assistance from the Sheriff’s Department, the Atascadero State Hospital and the San Luis Obispo County Probation Department, Allen said. Reverse 911 calls were made to neighborhood residents, law enforcement evacuated those they could, and asked those at the scene to shelter in place.

Law enforcement tried to negotiate with the subject with assistance from the subject’s girlfriend and another close friend, Allen said. The subject did not want to come out of the apartment. Allen said the subject may have been delusional.

After negotiation attempts using the police PA system, law enforcement borrowed an armored personnel vehicle from the Sheriff’s Department. Officers were able to move closer to the apartment and continued negotiating with the PA system in the vehicle.

The subject eventually came out of the apartment and was taken into custody without any further incidents, Allen said.

The subject was taken to San Luis Obispo County Jail and booked on suspicion of two felonies: assault with a deadly weapon and shooting at an inhabited dwelling, said Sgt. Robert Molle of the Atascadero Police Department. The subject’s mental health will be evaluated before release, said Molle.

Information about suspect is not yet available. There are no reported injuries from the incident.

Original story: A police barricade blocked parts of Santa Ysabel Avenue near Curbaril Avenue in Atascadero on Sunday afternoon, as law enforcement responded to an alleged barricaded subject in mental distress.

Following mediation efforts, the subject was arrested and will be taken to San Luis Obispo County jail and placed on a mental health hold, said Cmdr. Joe Allen of the Atascadero Police Department.

The subject fired shots during the barricade, however it is not believed that the shots were directed at law enforcement, Allen said. There are no reported injuries from the incident.

Danielle Ames: 805-781-7902

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