Police ID Armed Man Arrested During Redwood City Standoff
(BANT) – A 57-year-old man was arrested in Redwood City this morning after a lengthy standoff in which he fired gunshots at officers and into neighboring apartments, police said.
Frank Leon was arrested after an incident that began around 1:30 a.m. when he allegedly called 911 and said he had taken pills and intended to end his own life, according to police.
Officers responded to Leon’s home in the 500 block of Harrison Avenue, where he allegedly fired on them with a semi-automatic handgun, police said.
Officers evacuated neighboring residents and surrounded Leon’s apartment. They were told by a neighbor that Leon said he intended to kill arriving officers, police said.
Leon allegedly fired numerous shots at officers and into two neighboring apartments before allegedly trying to lure police into his apartment by claiming to be unable to walk and out of ammunition, according to police.
Officers eventually persuaded Leon to leave the apartment and upon exiting, he again tried to provoke officers to shoot him by acting as though he held a concealed weapon, police said.
Officers, including ones with the department’s Crisis Negotiation Unit, were able to give him to surrender shortly after 7:50 a.m. without the need for force.
Police said a search of Leon’s residence uncovered a loaded gun and a significant amount of ammunition.
Two nearby schools, the McKinley Institute of Technology and North Star Academy, were closed this morning as a result of the standoff, but school district officials said the campuses planned to reopen at 10 a.m.
Leon was taken to a hospital for a psychological evaluation and will be booked into jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and shooting into an occupied dwelling, police said.
Anyone with information about the case is encouraged to call Detective Glenn Albin at (650) 780-7141.