The report of a man in a vehicle on Numa Road with a possible weapon led to tense moments and a short stand-off Thursday morning before officers from the Susanville Police Department convinced the man to exit the vehicle.
According to Susanville Police Lieutenant Matt Wood, officers responded to the Evangelical Free Church on Numa Road after they received a report that a suspicious subject, who was possibly armed, was sitting in a vehicle.
The initial report to police also said that the subject had ‘something under a coat that appeared to be possibly a firearm’ and that the person in the vehicle had the object pointed at his head.
When officers arrived on-scene and ordered the subject out of his vehicle, he refused. A perimeter was established as additional units responded to the scene.
After what Lieutenant Wood characterized as a ‘short stand-off’ involving negotiations by the initial officers on scene, the man left the vehicle and was taken into custody without incident. He was then transported to Banner Lassen Medical Center to be evaluated by Lassen County Mental Health and examined by a doctor.
No firearm was found in the subject’s vehicle and at this time, according to Lieutenant Wood, no charges are being considered.
The Susanville Police Department was assisted during the incident by the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office, the California Highway Patrol, the Lassen County District Attorney’s Office, and a parole agent from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.