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Suspect reportedly threatened to blow up deputies with grenade 


March 28, 2010 (Lemon Grove) – Jose Gonzalez, 40, has been arrested and charged with making terrorist threats and resisting a peace officer. According to a statement issued by the Sheriff, deputies responded to a call last night in the 7900 block of Longdale Drive in Lemon Grove. Gonzalez had locked himself in his bathroom and reportedly threatened to commit suicide.


According to the Sheriff’s statement, “Gonzalez was extremely agitated, had been drinking and would not come out. Deputies were talking to Gonzalez when he opened the bathroom door, displayed a military grenade and told deputies to back out or he would blow them up.”


Deputies exited the residence and took a position of cover. As the standoff continued deputies deployed a chemical agent using a pepper ball launcher which irritated the suspect’s eyes and throat. After nearly a two-hour standoff, Gonzalez surrendered.

The Sheriff’s Bomb Arson later determined that the grenade was inert.


Deputies arrested Gonzalez for making terrorist threats and resisting a peace officer. After being cleared by medical staff, Deputies booked Gonzalez into Central Jail.


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