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Gilroy Man Fires at Cops, Arrested

San Jose Mercury News

April 20, 2011

Gilroy, Calif. — A Gilroy man fired at police officers who had lined up outside his home on Tuesday morning, although no cops were hit, authorities said.

Huriel Escalante, 36, eventually came out of his home and surrendered to Gilroy police, and was arrested for attempted murder of a police officer.

Investigators said people living at a home on the 1400 block of Ousely Drive, in a residential pocket west of Highway 101, called police around 11:20 a.m. to say their rommate, Escalante, had whipped out a gun and was “distraught.” At dispatchers prompting, they left the home, leaving Escalante alone inside.

Police officers evacuated neighboring homes, locked down nearby elementary schools and began talking to Escalante from outside the house. At one point, Escalante went into the backyard, shot a round into the air and went back inside.

Shortly thereafter, he quickly came out of the front of the home and shot one round at nearby officers and ran back inside without hitting anyone. Not long after, he put down his gun and allowed officers to handcuff him.

He was being held in Santa Clara County jail Tuesday.

“The suspect’s actions were unpredictable and hostile,” police said in a statement. “The Gilroy Police Department is pleased that all of the department’s actions and safety precautions resolved this incident without injury to the officers, neighbors, the suspect or the residents of the household.”

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