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Palo Alto police in standoff in Charleston Meadows

Original post made on Aug 2, 2019

Palo Alto police are negotiating the surrender of a man in the Charleston Meadows neighborhood who is accused of domestic violence and who officers believe may be armed with a gun, according to the Palo Alto Police Department.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, August 2, 2019, 12:16 PM

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Posted by resident
a resident of South of Midtown
on Aug 2, 2019 at 12:28 pm

What kind of gun? Is the gun legal or illegal?

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Posted by A Moral Compass
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Aug 2, 2019 at 12:36 pm

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> What kind of gun? Is the gun legal or illegal?

^^^What difference does that make? A gun is a gun & if it is the hands of someone under emotional/mental distress, the situation just got more dangerous.

Curious...since the house is reported as being empty, is the suspect in the backyard?

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Aug 2, 2019 at 1:39 pm

News helicopter circled about 5 times and just now departed the area (1:37pm).

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Posted by Rose A
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Aug 2, 2019 at 2:03 pm

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Thank you for keeping us safe, Palo Alto Police and Fire. I hope that this situation is resolved peacefully.

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Posted by Gordy
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Aug 2, 2019 at 3:09 pm

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Posted by Fingers crossed
a resident of College Terrace
on Aug 2, 2019 at 3:46 pm

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Posted by Witheld
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 2, 2019 at 3:54 pm

Years ago I was the victim of a stalker after my ex wouldn't take "good bye" for an answer. (this after he cheated on me and lied about it) I was getting 50 phone calls a day and he showed up at my work and at my home uninvited and without warning.

The funny thing is the first time you call the cops, they really don't want to get involved. They take 30 minutes or more to show up and they just kind of listen to both sides. They might give a warning, but they won't make an arrest as long as nobody is bleeding.

You have to call them a few times, before they figure out for themselves who the crazy person is. The 3rd or 4th time you call they send 2 cars and they show up very quickly.

The last time I saw him, he was in handcuffs in the back of a squad car. (I had to make a positive ID, so they drove me to where he'd been captured)

Sometimes it takes 6 cop cars and the feeling of cold steel on the wrists for someone to "get" that it's over and they just have to move on.

Glad to hear the victim here was not injured and the perp has a chance to also move on and recover from his relationship disaster.

It's good that the cops are taking their time and using negotiators to try to deescalate the situation.

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Posted by Tennessee Jed
a resident of Ventura
on Aug 4, 2019 at 11:52 am

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Booking press release names suspect as 29-year-old Palo Alto resident Adam Allen Smith: Web Link

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