BREA (CNS) – A 2-1/2-hour standoff in a Brea condominium ended peacefully today when the suspect, who had allegedly threatened officers, surrendered without incident, police said.
Residents in the Corsican Villas condo complex called police at 8:24 a.m. to report they could hear one of their neighbors breaking things and shattering one of his windows, Brea police Lt. Adam Hawley said.
The suspect also threatened to assault officers and, at one point, “he made a comment about burrowing from his unit into the next,” Hawley alleged.
Police got all of the residents in the area out of their condos and put nearby Sonora High School, where summer school classes were underway, on a precautionary lockdown, Hawley said.
The standoff also prompted police to halt traffic on Palm Street and Central Avenue.
The man, whose name was not immediately released, surrendered to police at 10:55 a.m., Hawley said.
“We were fortunately we were able to get some negotiators in there quickly, and that’s what made the difference here,” he said.
Orange County Health Care Agency social workers were evaluating the suspect to determine if he should be taken to a mental health facility, Hawley said.