KELSEYVILLE (CBS SF) — Authorities in Lake County early Monday evening announced the arrest of a suspect who shot at law enforcement officers, triggering a standoff near Kelseyville that lasted hours.
An initial alert was sent to area residents around 11 a.m., warning that the Lake County Sheriff’s Department was involved in an operation near Highway 29 and Sand Creek Road. Drivers were being asked to stay clear of the area and residents in the area between Kelseyville and Kit’s Corner told to shelter in place.
CHP told KPIX 5 the suspect, Joshua “Buck” Brown was first seen after he left the house and approached Caltrans wearing only red underwear and a red bandana and waving a handgun around shortly before 11 a.m.
Lake County CHP confirmed that an armed man has shot twice at CHP officers on Highway 29 near Sand Hill Road.
Brown was taken into custody shortly after 5 p.m., according to the Lake County Sheriff.
In addition to area CHP and Lake County Sheriff’s deputies, the Press Democrat reported that Lakeport police, the state parks police and Mendocino County Sheriff’s office had also responded. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s office SWAT team was also requested, but had not yet been deployed.
CHP spokesperson said that Highway 29 was closed from State Route 281 to the CHP office on Live Oak Drive.
Authorities earlier said they had reason to believe the suspect might have built a bunker in the hillside and that he could have weapons hidden there.