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'Unstable' man prompts evacuation of buildings

Original post made on Oct 1, 2012

After closing roads to traffic and evacuating buildings in south Palo Alto Monday afternoon, police took a mentally unstable man into custody after an hours-long standoff.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, October 1, 2012, 4:25 PM

Comments (14)

Posted by Phil, a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 1, 2012 at 6:01 pm

Sounds like a well planned, professional, and effective plan led to a safe conclusion of this potentially volatile situation. Compliments and respect to the officers involved. Hope the unstable man gets the help he needs.

Posted by musical, a resident of Palo Verde
on Oct 1, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Sept 20 story was timely: "Police training session focuses on mental illness"

Web Link

Posted by musical, a resident of Palo Verde
on Oct 1, 2012 at 6:12 pm

Oh great. One search and now all my Google ads are for schizophrenia treatment and depression counseling.

Posted by Rosalind, a resident of Palo Verde
on Oct 1, 2012 at 6:37 pm

I am one of the residents in this community and it has been an agonizing afternoon for all of us. There are still cops here making sure its safe and residents are not being allowed in. What a shocking day,


Posted by resident, a resident of Midtown
on Oct 1, 2012 at 7:46 pm

The cops are saying the man claimed to have explosives in the home. They have called in the bomb squad to investigate.

Posted by Sally, a resident of Greenmeadow
on Oct 1, 2012 at 10:01 pm

PAPD call on emergency notification system says Bomb Squad and SWAT Team have deemed the area safe and residents can return home now. Vehicular traffic may be restricted for another hour or so.

Posted by Anon., a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 2, 2012 at 12:58 pm

I usually brush off the congratulations that people automatically dash off in these online comments in support of the police ... or against them for that matter.

In this case it occurs to me that we should really congratulate and be proud of Palo Alto Police and others for handling this calmly and peacefully. Three cheers!

There are some places in our country that we seem to read about regularly where people who react a bit weird, slow, poor, foreign, defensive, offensive, etc end up dead and full of bullets. Let be happy that Palo Alto is still part of the calm civilized part of the world even if we could stand some major improvements.

Posted by Misha, a resident of Midtown
on Oct 2, 2012 at 8:30 pm

PAPD are to be commended not only for the very able handling of this situation but for the foresight in educating themselves on responding when a person involved is not mentally stable. Good for the police to want to serve all citizens well.

Posted by more?, a resident of Green Acres
on Oct 2, 2012 at 9:40 pm

SWAT team and bomb squad for an unstable man? Is there more to this story?

Posted by Yes there is more, a resident of Community Center
on Oct 3, 2012 at 10:58 am

He was armed and on countless occassions tried to start various things on fire in the complex and threatened to blow up the housing complex.

Posted by guns, a resident of Midtown
on Oct 3, 2012 at 11:14 am

Cops called in SWAT and the bomb squad because the perp claimed to have bombs and guns. Turns out he did not, but better safe than sorry, especially in a country were guns are very easy to acquire.

Posted by Jan H., a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 3, 2012 at 7:10 pm

Jan H. is a registered user.

If this had been San Jose, I am sure the situation would have ended with one or more fatalities. The unstable perpetrator was extremely lucky to have been in PA.

Posted by More?, a resident of Green Acres
on Oct 3, 2012 at 9:11 pm

Jan, what an ignorant, disrespectful comment.

Thanks to the others for the info

Posted by Jan H., a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 4, 2012 at 10:22 pm

Jan H. is a registered user.

More? How can you say that? Remember a few years ago in San Jose, when SJPD got a call about two toddlers wandering down East Santa Clara street? An officer discovered which condo they came from, and when their mother raised a cleaver-like vegetable peeler, he shot her to death? If that had happened in Palo Alto, the woman would never have been shot, or even tasered.

PAPD never gets trigger-happy, at least not historically, and some pretty scary situations are resolved without fatalities. It is a miracle no one was injured by this mentally unsound maniac, and that the police were able to remove him peacefully.

How is that ignorant or disrespectful?

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