On May 10 at 11:00 a.m. Pasadena Police officers responded to the 600 block of Summit regarding a subject who was threating to kill himself and had fired several shots.
The first officers on scene attempted to contact the suspect when he fired several shots at them. The officers, although justified to use lethal force, secured tactical positions and called for assistance while monitoring the suspect. Several additional officers arrived, including SWAT personnel, the area was contained and evacuations were implemented.
Officers attempted to negotiate with the still armed suspect. The suspect failed to comply with SWAT officers, which led to the use of a diversionary device.
Following the use of the diversionary device, the suspect immediately discarded his firearm; however, he remained uncooperative and in close proximity to his pistol. SWAT officers deployed a second diversionary device and the suspect surrendered without further incident. The suspect was later transported to a local area hospital for medical evaluation. No other persons were injured.
Pasadena Police Detectives responded to the scene and notified the Los Angeles County District Attorneyâ€™s Office â€“ Crimes Against Police Officers (CAPO). Representatives from CAPO responded to the scene and will assist with the investigation given the nature of the incident (attempted murder of a police officer). The victim officers demonstrated tremendous courage and restraint given the circumstances of this incident. SWAT officers underscore the value of superior tactics, weapons and team work, which frankly offered the suspect few options.