5-hour stand-off has Livermore neighborhood on edge before suicide threat ends

Police chase ends when suspect crashes car into neighborhood fence, barricades himself in house

A five-hour standoff between Livermore police and a man threatening suicide ended peacefully Wednesday afternoon, police said.

The man had barricaded himself inside a home on Leeds Court in Livermore at about 9 a.m. after allegedly leading police on a chase earlier Wednesday morning, police spokesman Lt. Lance Bye said.

The neighborhood was shut down as police tried to coax the man out of his residence, police said.

The standoff ended at about 2 p.m. and the man, identified as 35-year-old Ryan Jason Brown, is receiving a psychiatric evaluation, Bye said.

After his mental health status is established, Brown will be arrested and charged with felony evasion of a police officer, Bye said. The charge stems from the early morning pursuit.

The ordeal began when police pulled Brown over for a routine traffic stop at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, Bye said. When the officers began investigating whether he was driving under the influence, Brown sped off and a pursuit ensued, Bye said.

Brown was able to evade police Wednesday morning, at one point crashing his car through a fence near his neighborhood before returning to his home at 2556 Leeds Court in Livermore, Bye said.

It was from that address that Livermore police received a call at 9 a.m. Wednesday, when a friend of Brown's mother reported that Brown was in the house with a gun and was despondent, Bye said. The caller was worried because Brown had told his mother "he'd rather kill himself than go to jail," Bye said.

Authorities determined that Brown was alone in the house and issued a shelter-in-place warning for the neighborhood, forcing all residents to stay indoors until the situation was resolved, Bye said.

He said police escorted several people who had appointments out of the neighborhood but that there were no formal evacuations. The shelter-in-place warning was lifted at 2:15 p.m.

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Posted by Neighbor A
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 13, 2010 at 6:52 am

may the healing begin

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