A suspect barricaded inside a Gilroy apartment complex this afternoon and feared to have a bomb or guns surrendered to police and residents were able to return home, Gilroy officials said. The complex was evacuated after police received a call at about 10 a.m. about a person creating a disturbance at the Cypress Pointe Apartments at 8200 Kern Ave., Gilroy spokesman Joe Kline said.
Police ordered the evacuation of the complex and isolated a specific apartment after witnesses indicated that the person inside might have a bomb and firearms, Kline said. A SWAT team and other negotiators tried to convince the person to leave the apartment but he refused to come out and said he had a bomb and the detonator, police said. Police were preparing to use chemical agents to force him from the apartment but as they approached he surrendered at 4:21 p.m., police said. No one was injured.
Officers from the Morgan Hill Police Department and the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the scene, Kline said. The bomb squad searched the apartment and the surrounding area but found no evidence of a bomb. Police arrested the man, identified as 32-year-old Daniel Wheatley, on suspicion of criminal threats. He was booked into Santa Clara County Jail.
Traffic was blocked on Kern Avenue between Welburn Avenue and First Street, and a two-block area around the scene was cordoned off, Kline said. A shelter for evacuees was set up at the Gilroy Senior Center at 7371 Hanna St. in Gilroy. A nearby school was placed on lockdown during the standoff, police said.
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