June 29, 2011 (La Mesa)--William Warnock, 59, is under arrest for assault with a deadly weapon and felony criminal threats after an eight hour standoff with police. La Mesa Police responded to a call at 6100 Blain Place, La Mesa, around 10 p.m. last night after Warnock's wife reported that her husband had threatened to hurt her and also threatened to kill their 20-year-old son with a large screwdriver.
Police learned that Warnock was on parole for a felony (evading the police) and that there were three guns in the house. Police officers attempted to contact Warnock via the telephone to get him to come outside the residence but he refused. At about 11:15 p.m., a SWAT callout was initiated and members of the La Mesa and El Cajon SWAT teams responded to the scene. Throughout the early morning hours, SWAT had intermittent contact with Warnock who continued to refuse to come out of the house.
At about 6:05 a.m., Warnock stepped outside the house and SWAT officers were able to use a Taser device to incapacitate him and take him into custody. A handgun, shotgun and loaded rifle were found in the residence after the arrest. Warnock will be booked into County Jail on criminal threats and assault with a deadly weapon charges.
During the incident, six nearby homes were evacuated and Blain Place was closed at Nagel Avenue and Dallas Street. The street was opened again at 7:00 a.m. and the evacuated residents were allowed back in their homes