Armed suspect barricaded inside Garden Grove police car

An armed suspect was barricaded late Tuesday inside a marked Garden Grove police car, authorities said.

The person fired one shot from the car, but no one was injured, the Garden Grove Police Department said on Twitter.

Police: Man barricaded himself inside Calif. patrol car

SWAT officers were on the scene, at 13th Street west of Brookhurst Street. It’s unclear how the person got into the car or what led to the shooting.

GGPD Offices currently working a armed barricaded suspect on 13th Street west of Brookhurst. Suspect inside a marked GGPD police car. SWAT team on scene. Suspect has fired one shot. Nobody hurt at this time. PIO on scene.

Suspect barricaded inside California police car has access to high-powered rifle

Brookhurst Street was closed between Westminster Boulevard and Hazard Avenue. Motorists were advised to avoid the area.

Authorities said the suspect barricaded himself in a police vehicle and fired a shot before surrendering to police

An Orange County Mental Health worker called police to the area of 13th and Brookhurst streets where a patient staying at Morningside Recovery, a drug and alcohol treatment facility, was acting psychotic, Garden Grove police Lt. Carl Whitney said. Officers arrived around 9:25 p.m. Tuesday and were asked to stand by as the worker conducted an evaluation, Whitney said.

GARDEN GROVE, Calif. — A man who had barricaded himself in a police vehicle and fired a shot surrendered to police early Wednesday, authorities said.

The worker determined the man needed to go to another facility for further evaluation and officers had the man wait in a police car until an ambulance arrived. The man was not under arrest and was not handcuffed, Whitney said.

At around 9:15 p.m., officers were called by mental health officials to an addiction-recovery home to assist with a case of a man who was showing signs of psychosis, according to Lt. Carl Whitney, spokesman for the Garden Grove Police Department.

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While officials waited for an ambulance to transport the man, he was put inside a patrol vehicle.

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“He was able to get access from the rear passenger side to the front side …and a high-powered (AR-15) rifle,” Whitney said.

Garden Grove Police Department detectives are now researching the case by watching security video from surrounding businesses. Cameras caught the Prius arriving at the Garden Grove Boulevard strip mall, and remaining parked 20 minutes before the fire began, according to Garden Grove Lt. Carl Whitney.

Garden Grove Suspect Cuffed and in the backseat of a PD car gets a hold of a police weapon in the car SHOTS WHERE FIRED now a stand off no officers hurt @KCBSKCALDesk @CBSLA pic.twitter.com/LmUZuDGEX0

“The Orange County Coroner will look to see if the person was deceased before the fire began,” Whitney told reporters from the scene. Arson investigators are also investigating the vehicle for clues.

The suspect fired one round inside the vehicle but did not hit anyone, Whitney said, adding that it was unclear whether he fired toward an officer.

Information was not immediately available on the gender or possible age of the victim. The parking lot was cordoned off by yellow security tape while an investigation was conducted.

Officers evacuated surrounding buildings, including apartment complexes, Whitney said. They also fired nonlethal projectiles at surrounding streetlights at one point to shoot them out, Whitney said, to darken the scene for tactical purposes during the stand-off.

Shortly before 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, the suspect surrendered to officers without incident.

“We surrounded the car with (armored vehicles) … to prevent it from leaving,” Whitney said. “They negotiated with the suspect and opened the back door. More negotiations took place and they were able to take the suspect into custody.”

During the standoff the suspect had the rifle in his hands but did not fire other shots after the first lone shot. No injuries were reported during the incident. The suspect’s name has not been released, but Whitney said the man is in his early 30s.

According to the Orange County Register, the Toyota Prius, which was parked near a bank, was still in flames when firefighters arrived. The responders then put out the fire in around 10 minutes.

Whitney said that the department will be investigating how the suspect was able to get into the vehicle’s front compartment and access the rifle.

“Our police cars have videos in them so we’ll look into if they were on,” Whitney said. They will also investigate whether the firearm was locked.

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