Paso Robles man arrested after police standoff

Joseph Paramo-Panos
Joseph Paramo-Panos

A Paso Robles man on Friday was arrested on suspicion of violating a domestic violence restraining order and resisting arrest after he allegedly broke into his ex-girlfriend’s home and barricaded himself inside.

About 8:30 p.m., Joseph Paramo-Panos, 29, entered a duplex apartment in the 400 block of Fourth Street through an open garage and kicked the interior door open, according to a Paso Robles Police Department news release.

He allegedly demanded the victim drive to another location, but she eventually ran from her home and called the police.

Upon arrival, officers tried to contact Panos, but he allegedly refused and locked the doors and windows and barricaded himself in the house with furniture.

After refusing to surrender, Panos then allegedly armed himself with a wrench, a knife and a syringe filled with an unknown substance. During the standoff, Panos threatened to harm himself and officers and injected himself with the syringe.

At one point, Panos allegedly turned on all the gas appliances in the apartment’s kitchen and attempted to ignite the gas. All gas was shut off to the apartment, and nearby neighbors were evacuated.

After several hours, officers broke two windows and deployed pepper spray into the house. Panos allegedly continued to hide, but was eventually shot in the upper left leg with a bean bag shotgun. He surrendered shortly after.

Officers said Panos may have been under the influence of narcotics at the time of the incident, based on his behavior and previous arrest record.

Panos was taken to Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton. He was booked into the San Luis Obispo County Jail on suspicion of violating a protective order, burglary, threatening and resisting police officers and attempted arson.

He was being held in jail in lieu $50,000 bond as of Saturday afternoon.

Anyone with additional information about the incident is asked to call Paso Robles police at 237-6464.