A Gilroy man was arrested Tuesday after allegedly shooting at police officers during a standoff, a police spokeswoman said. Officers responded to a home in the 1400 block of Ousley Drive at about 11:30 a.m. in response to reports that a resident was brandishing a handgun at the home’s other occupants.The other occupants exited the house when police arrived, leaving the suspect, 36-year-old Huriel Escalante, alone inside.
Police evacuated nearby homes and placed two elementary schools – Pacific West Christian Academy and Luigi Aprea – on lockdown while they attempted to communicate with Escalante, Officer Amanda Stanford said. At one point, Escalante exited the rear of the home and fired a shot in the backyard, Stanford said. The shot was not directed at a person, she said.Escalante then went back into the home and, a short time later, came out the front door and allegedly fired a round at nearby officers, police said.
Officers were unable to safely return fire, police said. They continued to attempt to communicate with Escalante and he reportedly came out of the home unarmed and with his hands in plain sight a short time later, according to police.”It took about an hour to get the man in custody from start to finish,” Stanford said.The elementary schools were released from lockdown after about 40 minutes.No one was injured in the incident, Stanford said.Escalante was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail and is facing three counts of attempted murder of a police officer.
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