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Man arrested after hours-long standoff in San Luis Obispo

Man arrested after hours-long standoff in San Luis Obispo
Man arrested after hours-long standoff in San Luis Obispo

According to police, a 30-year-old man was arrested late Monday evening after an hours-long standoff in San Luis Obispo.

According to police, officers responded to reports of gunfire in the 1500 block of Madonna Road the previous evening but found no evidence of gunfire.

On Monday morning, police said someone from the same area called and reported a bullet hole in the trunk of his vehicle.

After further investigation, police identified Luis Martin Barron of San Luis Obispo as the person believed to have fired a gun in the neighborhood. On Monday around 5:15 p.m., a call came in reporting that Barron was holding a gun and banging on the door and window of a neighbor’s apartment.

When officers arrived, police said Barron entered his apartment and refused to come out.

Surrounding homes were evacuated and the San Luis Obispo Regional SWAT team was called in to assist.

After unsuccessful attempts to contact the suspect via a loudspeaker system, police crisis negotiators managed to reach him on a cellphone and reportedly spoke with him for several hours in hopes of de-escalating the situation.

Shortly before 11:30 p.m., Barron left the apartment and was taken into custody, according to police.

He was taken to the San Luis Obispo County Jail on suspicion of illegal use of weapons.

The City of San Luis Obispo Fire Department, California Highway Patrol, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office and CAL FIRE also assisted with the incident.

There were no reports of injuries.

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