REDLANDS – Police negotiated a peaceful surrender to an armed man who had fired a gun two days before Thanksgiving. Daniel Perez, 39, was taken into custody on November 25 after Perez and a woman had struggled for control of a gun in the 1200 block of Herald Street shortly before 6:30 p.m.
It was, said Redlands police spokesman Carl Baker, “a potentially tragic situation” … that “ended peacefully after Redlands police officers persuaded Perez to surrender.”
While police were heading for the Herald St. site, a caller reported Perez was chasing the woman with a knife. Upon arrival, the police cleared out the woman and several children that had left the home and were in the driveway. While they were taking them away, officers reported hearing a single gunshot from inside the residence. Officers established a perimeter around the house, while confirming there were no more family members inside the residence.
Perez, meanwhile, stood at the doorway, making threatening statements toward the officers, according to reports. Then more gunshots were heard from inside the residence. Police negotiators were able to make a telephone connection with Perez, eventually persuading him to surrender peacefully at about 7:15 p.m., less than an hour after receiving the original call.
After taking Perez into custody, police discovered several firearms inside the residence. No one was shot during the incident, said Baker, adding that Redlands Fire Department paramedics treated one person for an injury at the scene.
Perez was taken to the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga on charges of domestic violence and unlawful discharge of a weapon. He is being held on $50,000 bail, according to reports. Perez was scheduled to appear in court next week.
Press Enterprise: Armed standoff ends peacefully