Threats to neighbor
San Diego police during the standoff outside a Mountain View home Sunday. Photo credit: OnScene.TV

 A Mountain View man who allegedly threatened neighbors with a gun over the weekend and then fired on responding officers and setting off a nearly 30-hour standoff was in custody Tuesday.

Reginald Smith, 68, was arrested around 2:45 p.m. Monday following the drawn-out barricade situation, police said. He was being held on suspicion of attempted murder of a peace officer, criminal threats and brandishing a firearm.

The drama in the 4550 block of T Street began shortly before 9 a.m. Sunday, when several 911 callers reported that a neighbor fired a shot while waving a pistol around and threatening to kill them, according to the San Diego Police Department.

Officers had responded to reports of gunshots in the area earlier that morning, at 8:10 a.m., but were unable to confirm the reports.

When patrol personnel arrived again at 8:50 a.m. Sunday, Smith barricaded himself in his home and SDPD negotiations and special tactics teams were called to the scene. Police asked residents in the immediate area to remain in their homes while crisis counselors tried to convince Smith to surrender peaceably.

Smith allegedly fired at least one round in their direction from his home eight hours later, at 4:45 p.m. Sunday, according to Lt. Adam Sharki.

The stalemate continued through the day, overnight and into Monday afternoon.

Around 2:45 p.m. Monday, the special weapons and tactics personnel forced their way into Smith’s home and took him into custody with help from a service dog, Sharki said.

SDPD homicide detectives were expected to remain at the site throughout the day Tuesday as they continued their investigation.

–City News Service



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