Cops surround empty home for hours

March 29, 2009 12:22:09 PM PDT
San Jose police are still searching for a man who apparently fired a weapon, then fled from his home as police arrived, causing officers to spend about 17 hours surrounding an empty house.

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The chain of events that shut down Hillsdale Avenue from about 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. began at 4:20 Saturday morning, San Jose police Sgt. Ronnie Lopez said. An occupant of the house in the 1700 block of Hillsdale Avenue called authorities to report that another resident, a 35-year-old man, was armed and threatening to kill himself.

As officers arrived at the house, they heard a round of fire from a firearm, Lopez said. Police moved to surround the house, closed down the street, and spent the day attempting to make contact with the man.

At about 9 p.m. a 911 dispatcher received a call from the man, who said he was uninjured and left the house before police set up their perimeter, Lopez said. The man said he had assault rifles in the house and gave officers permission to enter, Lopez said.

"It must have been between the round going off and the perimeter being set," he said of the man's departure.

When officers entered the home, they did find assault rifles, Lopez said.

The 911 call was made from a pay phone less than a block away, Lopez said. Police immediately went to the location, but the man was already gone.

Police are still investigating the day's events, including whether the man did in fact cause any harm to himself.

"We have yet to figure out if there is going to be some sort of warrant," Lopez said.

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