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Incident Wednesday, March 12, on Maybell Avenue

Original post made by Elena Kadvany, digital editor of Palo Alto Online, on Mar 13, 2014

For any readers who might have noticed some police activity Wednesday evening near Maybell Avenue and El Camino Real, here's an update on what happened:

Palo Alto Police officer Sean Downey said that an argument between two men, neighbors in the area who knew each other, escalated to the point where one man brandished a gun at the other man and a taxi driver who was driving him. The two neighbors had been out earlier that night, outside of Palo Alto limits, and got into an argument, Downey said. One of them returned home to his residence in the 500 block of Maybell Avenue. The other man arrived afterwards in a taxi.

Police received a call around 9:30 p.m. that the first man was pointing a semi-automatic handgun in a "threatening gesture" toward his neighbor and the taxi driver. When police arrived, the man with the weapon had gone back inside his house. Downey said they closed off a large part of the surrounding area, including the parking lot of a Walgreens at 4170 El Camino Real.

"We made numerous attempts through phone and loudspeaker to get the suspect to come out of his residence, but we were unsuccessful," Downey said. "Since this was an isolated incident between two people and it was not a threat to the larger public and there was no other persons (involved) ... we didn't want to force a confrontation."

Police left around 12:15 a.m. No arrests were made nor charges filed; the case will now be sent to the District Attorney's office.

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Mar 14, 2014 at 2:30 pm

Still waiting for the other shoe to drop.


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Mar 14, 2014 at 2:41 pm

Hmmm is a registered user.

I wonder how this would've been handled in, say, a neighboring city.


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Posted by Dopamine
a resident of another community
on Mar 14, 2014 at 2:54 pm

The party with the weapon would be in jail without bail.


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Posted by resident
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Mar 14, 2014 at 4:07 pm

Be realistic, in most cities, the cops would have blown the front door and gone in with assault rifles and itchy trigger fingers.


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Posted by Actually
a resident of another community
on Mar 18, 2014 at 11:06 am

Actually in most cities they would have activated their s.w.a.t. team and resolved the situation like pros. According to Google PAPD has a s.w.a.t. team so I wonder why they were not used??? This sounds rather peculiar.


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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Mar 18, 2014 at 11:42 am

From the radio communications I was listening to, it sounded like the situation was handled very well. I fell asleep before they called it a night. Boring is good.


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Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 18, 2014 at 8:47 pm

This happened almost a week ago now ... is there any followup?


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Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 18, 2014 at 8:47 pm

This happened almost a week ago now ... is there any followup?


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Posted by wha?
a resident of Barron Park
on Mar 19, 2014 at 10:39 pm

This for real?


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Posted by Actually
a resident of another community
on Mar 20, 2014 at 12:48 pm

Yes this is for real and this really happened.


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