SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — A man having a mental health issue and holding a suspected explosive device was in a standoff with police in a San Jose neighborhood Thursday afternoon before he was arrested safely.
The standoff happened in the area of Olinder Ct. and Felipe Ave. near the U.S. 101 – Interstate 280/680 exchange.READ MORE: Downsized But Not Out, Dreamforce Conference Set to Boost Business in San Francisco
San Jose police said a despondent adult male was holding the possible explosive and negotiators were at the scene engaging the man in dialogue.
Police said the man was separated from the device and taken safely into custody. A bomb unit officer took custody of the device, but it was not immediately known if it was an explosive.
Police later said that the incident began when officers were conducting an investigation regarding a stolen recreational vehicle. They approached the RV and the suspect exited the vehicle holding a hand grenade and made statements about wanting police to shoot him.
Police said the suspect ran into a nearby industrial complex with the device.READ MORE: Flames Reach Ancient Sequoias; Crews in Pitched Battle to Save Giant Forest Grove
6/ Update: Officers were conducting an investigation regarding a stolen RV. The suspect exited the RV holding this hand grenade. He made some statements regarding wanting Police to shoot him.
He ran into a nearby industrial complex with the device. pic.twitter.com/2mBcrw7GDS
— San José Police Media Relations (@SJPD_PIO) July 30, 2021
Police established a perimeter and conducted evacuations of nearby buildings in addition to closing nearby roads.
After a search, officers located the suspect within the complex. Negotiators spent over an hour talking with him, eventually reaching a peaceful resolution.MORE NEWS: PG&E Says Light Rain After Long Drought Led to Lights-Out Across Bay Area
Story Road was reopened at around 2 p.m.