Man arrested after New Year’s Day rooftop standoff

Man arrested after New Year’s Day rooftop standoff
PHOTOS: Calaveras County Sheriff

A San Joaquin County man was arrested after a lengthy rooftop standoff in San Andreas on New Year’s Day.

Calaveras County Sheriff’s deputies received a report around 8 PM of a suspicious person knocking on doors near Market Street. By the time they arrived, they learned the individual — later identified as 26-year-old Nicholas Gallegos — had climbed onto a residential roof on the 200 block of Market.

After setting up a perimeter, deputies tried to talk him down. Not only did he refuse, officials say, he also began pulling ceramic tiles off the roof and hurling them down at deputies.

He also reportedly made gestures mimicking a handgun and said he was only coming down if deputies used lethal force.

The Hostage Negotiation Team responded to the scene to continue communications. CHP also assisted with the perimeter and the San Andreas Fire Department provided lighting and a ladder for roof access.

Around 11:30 PM, Gallegos agreed to peacefully surrender.

He has since been booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, assault with a deadly weapon against a peace officer and fire personnel, and obstructing or delaying a peace officer. His bail has been set at $95,000.

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