Standoff with armed Atascadero man barricaded inside home ends after 4 hours

Update 7 p.m.:

Atascadero police say the standoff is over.

Lt. Jason Carr said the incident is over and “has been determined to be a suicide.”

No other information is expected to be released.

Original story:

Atascadero police on Friday afternoon engaged in a standoff with an apparently intoxicated armed man who barricaded himself inside a home.

Officers responded at about 1:50 p.m. to a disturbance in the 7300 block of Cristobal Avenue, near the intersection with Marchant Avenue, Lt. Jason Carr of the Atascadero Police Department told The Tribune at the scene.

Police made contact with the man’s son, who told officers he observed his father intoxicated and near a firearm, Carr said.

The son indicated the man was possibly suicidal at the time, according to an Atascadero Police Department news release.

The younger man attempted to remove the gun, and the two wrestled over it, Carr said.

A least one round was discharged from the firearm during the struggle, according to the release. The son fled the house but his father remained inside.

The Atascadero Police Department, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office, Atascadero State Hospital and a CHP helicopter responded to the incident.

Officials used a loudspeaker to repeatedly ask the man to come out of the house with his hands up.

“We’re attempting to raise the subject in the house and have a peaceful resolution to this,” Carr said.

As of 5:20 p.m., the standoff had not concluded.

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Lindsey Holden writes about housing, North County communities and everything in between for The Tribune in San Luis Obispo. She became a staff writer in 2016 after working for the Rockford Register Star in Illinois. Lindsey is a native Californian raised in the Midwest and earned degrees from DePaul and Northwestern universities.