La Mesa standoff ends peacefully

LA MESA (CNS) – A parolee accused of threatening his wife and 20-year- old son was arrested Wednesday after a nearly eight-hour standoff with officers in La Mesa, police said.

Officers were called to a home in the 6100 block of Blain Place near Dallas Street about 10 p.m. Tuesday after the man — identified as 59-year-old William Warnock — made the threats, according to La Mesa police.

Warnock's wife reported the threats, stating that he said he would hurt her and kill their 20-year-old son with a large screwdriver, La Mesa police Lt. David Bond said.

Responding officers learned Warnock was on parole for evading the police, and that there were three guns in the home, so they called him on the telephone and asked him to come outside, Bond said.

He refused to come out and speak with officers, prompting the standoff, which involved La Mesa police and an El Cajon SWAT team.

Officers set off flash-bang grenades to coax Warnock out, but the standoff persisted with only intermittent contact between Warnock and police until shortly after 6 a.m., when Warnock stepped outside and was Tasered by an officer, Bond said. He was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and making criminal threats.

A handgun, shotgun and loaded rifle were found in the home following Warnock's arrest, according to Bond.

During the standoff, residents of six nearby homes were evacuated and Blain Place was closed at Nagel Avenue and Dallas Street. The street was reopened at 7 a.m., at which time evacuated residents were allowed back into

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