Suspect in Custody Following Hours-Long Standoff in Gilroy

A suspect was shot by an officer in a standoff that lasted for hours in Gilroy Sunday, authorities say. 

According to the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office, the incident started at around 8 a.m. in the 3000 block of Dryden Avenue.

Deputies went to the home to conduct a welfare check. That’s when they said a 35-year-old man inside started shooting.

During the exchange of gunfire, one deputy was hit by a bullet that ricocheted, according to officials. The deputy is expected to be OK.

During the standoff, the gunman started a fire in the home, came outside armed with a handgun and tried to get into a law enforcement armored vehicle. That’s when an officer from another agency shot him.

The suspect was taken to a nearby hospital and is expected to survive. 

The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office said that others in the home with the gunman were safely evacuated. 

Neighbors were told to shelter in place as crisis negotiators were brought in to deescalate the situation.

Maria Ramos, who witnessed the incident, was at a birthday party at the time. 

“We heard a couple of gunshots and we didn’t know why or what’s happening,” she said.

The suspect’s identity was not released. He will be charged with attempted murder of a peace officer, assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer and being a felon in possession of a loaded firearm.

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