Bizarre standoff at 7-Eleven ends peacefully

Update 11:45 a.m: A man with a “very realistic looking Airsoft gun” walked into the 7-Eleven on Leary Way on Saturday night, sparking a strange standoff that closed Leary Way and ended with the suspect in custody.

It began just before 11 p.m. “I was in there and he was chugging a beer and then poured half of it on his head,” says a witness in comments below. “I payed for my stuff and left, and started walking out and he put a gun on top of his head. At that point I left and the first cop was pulling in.” Fortunately, employees and customers were able to escape as police surrounded the building.

A SWAT team and negotiator were called, and they watched as the man danced around the store, cleaning and exercising (some of which we observed from our vantage point nearby). “We’d like you to come out so we can be sure you’re OK,” the negotiator said over the loudspeaker “It’s a little unusual for you to be inside a 7-Eleven by yourself, doing exercises and calisthenics.”

In between the activity, the man would sit on the floor as the negotiator tried repeatedly to convince the man to listen to him. At one point, SWAT set off a flash-bang to get the man’s attention.

Finally, at 1:40 a.m., the man put on his jacket and exited the store with his arms in the air, where he was met with a SWAT team at gunpoint. Police say “a very realistic looking Airsoft gun was in a holster on the suspect’s belt.” The suspect was transported to a hospital for a mental evaluation, and he’ll be booked in jail upon his release. (Thanks Silver for alerting us to the story!)

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Ck
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Ck

Oh no, hopefully the robber gives up and doesn't hurt anyone.

bmvaughn
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bmvaughn

Suspect has a gun in the waistband from what I hear on the scanner. 6 or 7 people were running out of the parking lot as the suspect was waiving the gun in the air.

Uptoolate
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Uptoolate

Wearing a police type belt and holster.

mongo
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mongo

he just put his hair in a ponytail and is now doing calisthenics

bmvaughn
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bmvaughn

Getting ready for prison, I imagine.

tkwsu82
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tkwsu82

I was in there and he was chugging a beer and then poured half of it on his head. Thinking he was just some drunk homeless guy on too many drugs I asked the cashier if I called the police and he said yes. I payed for my stuff and left, and started walking out and he put a gun on top of his head. At that point I left and the first cop was pulling in.

bmvaughn
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bmvaughn

SWAT is calling in for body armor.

mongo
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mongo

They are driving the bearcat, the SWAT armored truck type thing up to the front of the store in a couple of min.

mongo
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mongo

The hostage negotiators should be arriving soon.

mongo
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mongo

Thank goodness, Mr. Singh (assuming due to his religion) is a great guy, I was worried he was stuck inside.

Silver
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tkwsu82 – thanks so much for posting!

Silver
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Thanks for posting, Mongo. For some reason I'm not hearing the channel they are on now.

mongo
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mongo

They are gearing up and moving into position now, it will probably be slow for a bit unless he forces the issue.

tkwsu82
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tkwsu82

i know there was one guy behind me paying when he pulled the gun out. So there was 2 people left inside, the man paying and the store clerk. Dont know if they got out.

mongo
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mongo

They just asked for one sniper to be put into position.

mongo
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mongo

Media relations just showed up so we may get some info from the swedes soon.

mongo
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mongo

The subject just lit a pipe, no menti0n of what kind.

bmvaughn
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bmvaughn

They are going on top of the building across Leary – decided against having a sniper on Big 5.

bmvaughn
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bmvaughn

If he's classy, maybe one like this:
http://workbench.cadenhead.org/media/sherlock-h

Silver
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pjp was kind enough to give me the talk group number for Tac 1 channel so now I can listen along!

Silver
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Are the “Zebra” units SWAT?

mongo
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mongo

typically yes but they can be other special units.

tkwsu82
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tkwsu82

how do i listen to the tact channel

mongo
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mongo

It sounds like he is cleaning the floor now and the cops are moving in

bmvaughn
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bmvaughn

Sweet… he's cleaning up the place now (“with a broom or a mop”).