RIALTO – Police ended a six-hour standoff with a barricaded man, thought to be armed, who was eventually captured after he attempted to escape out his back door on Tuesday night. But the suspect’s dog was shot and killed after it apparently attacked a police dog during his capture. Richard Allan Bright, 56, had barricaded himself inside his home on the 2500 block of Amberwood Avenue after police were called on initial reports of loud music.
A series of complaints by residents had been made to police, mostly for disturbing the peace issues that included loud music. The initial reports of music and minor disturbances had ended before police arrived, who left without having encountered Bright. But eventually, a report came that Bright had been walking around the neighborhood with a rifle. When the report of a rifle was made, police returned. The gun was later found lying in the suspect’s driveway, said police.
Police evacuated residents from homes in the cul-de-sac near the north city area when SWAT units converged on the neighborhood. The standoff lasted from 3:15 and 9:30 p.m. Bright lives alone, and is likely emotionally disturbed, said police. Reportedly a retired steel worker, Bright apparently dropped his rifle and ran inside his home after the additional complaints were made to police. Barricaded inside his home, police said he would not answer his door throughout the six-hour siege.
Around 9:20, however, police said Bright opened his front door in a seeming attempt to surrender. Instead, he ran out his back door where SWAT team members were waiting. Bright was stunned by a shotgun-fired bean bag that struck him in the chest. Bright’s dog attacked a police dog, which prompted the handler’s killing of the animal.
Bright was treated at the scene and transported to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton. Criminal charges, said police, are in the hands of the county district attorney’s office.
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