FAIRFIELD — A tense standoff with an armed man ended Wednesday in Vallejo after officers stormed a house with an armored vehicle. The man was found dead inside the home.
Police responded at 11:36 a.m. to the 1800 block of Sutter Street near Illinois Street in central Vallejo to investigate a man who was pointing a rifle or a shotgun at people on the street.
The resulting standoff lasted several hours, prompted a response from tactical units from the Vallejo-Benicia police departments and the Solano County Sheriff’s Office, and shut down the neighborhood.
Officials said the man barricaded himself inside the Vallejo home.
Hostage negotiators arrived and spoke to the man on the phone. The man threatened to kill officers at the scene, himself or others, according to police. The man also made demands and said he would kill someone if those demands were not met, police report.
Police did not disclose the nature of those demands.
The man jammed a shotgun through a front window about 1:16 p.m., breaking the glass and pointing the barrel of the weapon at officers on the street, police report. Officers opened fire, and the man withdrew back into the home.
Vallejo police positioned themselves with weapons pointed toward the front of the home. Snipers were perched on the rooftops of nearby homes, their weapons trained on the house.
Police drove a tactical vehicle through the front-yard fence at around 3 p.m. Then, while shielded by the tactical vehicle, officers removed wood lattice that enclosed the porch, fired tear gas into the home and went into the house after they saw the man down inside, police report.
Lt. Lee Horton with the Vallejo Police Department said the gunman was found dead, but it’s unclear if he was shot by police or if his injury was self-inflicted. A shotgun was found next to the man, police report.
No other people were hurt.
The suspect’s identity has not been released, and it was not clear what led to the standoff.
The Vallejo Police Department has been involved in a number of officer-involved shootings in recent months. The shootings have prompted protests and counter-protests, as well as emotional debate before the City Council.
The Associated Press and Daily Republic photojournalist Robinson Kuntz contributed to this report.