Vacaville Police take a man in for a psychiatric evaluation Friday after threatening to kill himself, on the 300 block of Shasta Drive in Vacaville. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)


Vacaville police close off neighborhood during incident

By From page A3 | January 12, 2013

VACAVILLE — Police blocked off a Vacaville neighborhood to traffic for about two hours on Friday morning after a man in a house there threatened to shoot himself.

Things ended quietly at noon when the man and his wife emerged from the house on the 300 block of Shasta Drive. Sgt. Charlie Spruill said police seized a rifle and shotgun and took the man for a psychiatric evaluation.

The incident began shortly after 9 a.m. The man called Kaiser Permanente, threatening to shoot himself with a shotgun, and Kaiser psychiatric officials contacted the police. Also at the house was the man’s wife and dogs, with the wife apparently asleep, according to police.

Police blocked streets leading into the neighborhood, including a portion of Marshall Road. They used a ladder from the fire department to place two officers with rifles on a roof overlooking the house. They had an animal control official present to deal with the dogs, if necessary.

A negotiator for the police talked to the man by phone. The man eventually agreed to wake up his wife and surrender, Vacaville officials said.

At 11:45 a.m., four officers with rifles and shields moved down Shasta Drive toward the house. Soon afterward, the wife could be seen outside the front door in her bathrobe. Police later led the man out. He emerged walking unsteadily, wearing a T-shirt and pulling up his jeans.

Nearby Fairmont Elementary School and Will C. Wood High School were locked down briefly for safety reasons, a Vacaville press release said.

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Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

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