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Police Dog Helps End Standoff With Machete-Wielding SJ Man

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San Jose Police at the scene of a standoff on Capitol Village Circle (CBS)

San Jose Police at the scene of a standoff on Capitol Village Circle (CBS)

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SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – Police arrested a machete-wielding man who barricaded himself inside his south San Jose apartment early Thursday morning for nearly five hours.  Forty-four-year-old Scott William McKinnon  is being held without bail in Santa Clara County Jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, brandishing a deadly weapon at a peace officer, making criminal threats, and threatening or assaulting a peace officer.

A security guard from an apartment complex in the 500 block of Capitol Village Circle called police at about 2:45 a.m. to report that McKinnon had become confrontational when approached about the loud music he was playing, police Officer Jose Garcia said.

Officers went to the apartment and when they arrived McKinnon was also confrontational with them, and brandished a machete, Garcia said.

More officers responded and worked to convince McKinnon to surrender. Meanwhile, neighboring apartments were evacuated.

During the standoff, McKinnon occasionally opened the door and talked to the officers, sometimes throwing bottles at them, Garcia said.

At about 7:30 a.m. he came out of the apartment holding a bottle of alcohol, according to Garcia.

“He was refusing to comply with their commands for him to surrender, and at one point he actually went toward one of the K-9 officers with a bottle in his hand and he was confrontational,” Garcia said.

At that point, Garcia said, the K-9 officer released a police dog on McKinnon, allowing officers to take him into custody.

McKinnon was injured by the dog and was taken to a hospital for treatment.

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