For the second time in recent months, I’ve been tripped up by police scanner traffic that led me to believe there was an active SWAT incident going on in the Tri-City area.
In May I heard SWAT action on the Fremont police radio channels, and it turned out to be nothing more than a training exercise at a defunct car dealership. And today I heard similar static on the Union City radio channels. One big difference though: I didn’t race out there today with my notebook and press pass in hand. Instead I was able to confirm by telephone that stuff I was hearing was indeed a training exercise.
I suppose it’s a dead give away when you hear an officer calmly say “shots fired,” instead of screaming it as would be the case if the incident were real.
For you scanner junkies, be aware that this training will also be taking place tomorrow.
UPDATE: Teen arrested after running from home to nearby church, gun recovered. Story to come shortly …
Fremont cops are currently (10 a.m.) working a SWAT incident near Paseo Padre Parkway and Darwin this morning. Word is they are looking for a teen who stole a gun out of a truck at a liquor store last night.
UPDATE: 3:45 p.m. Man is 40 and was ARRESTED on suspicion of two charges, brandishing a weapon and making terrorist threats. NOTE: In this context, “making terrorist threats” only means that the guy threatened to harm someone. It DOES NOT mean the alternative definition of “terrorist threats” as we’ve come to know in the last decade or so …
UPDATE: 3:25 p.m.: New story has been posted. There will be a final version posted later.
UPDATE: 3:05 p.m.: Confirmed, the man has surrendered.
UPDATE: 3 p.m.: The man apparently has just surrendered to authorities. More to come …
UPDATE: 2:44 p.m.: The man is still in his apartment, and the building in question apparently has been evacuated, although this is unconfirmed at this point.
By Ben Aguirre Jr.
FREMONT — The Fremont police SWAT team has surrounded an apartment building on Guardino Way between Stevenson Boulevard and Walnut Avenue today after a resident of the complex was seen threatening people with a gun, authorities said.
No one has been hurt, police said. However, the gunman apparently brandished a weapon while arguing with two people who were working on the roof at the complex, Fremont police Detective Bill Veteran said.
Officers were called to the building about 11:15 a.m. and have been on scene for almost an hour and a half.
The suspect, whose name has not been released, apparently has barricaded himself inside an apartment and covered a window with a blanket, police said.
Still trying to confirm this, but it appears the Fremont Police Department’s SWAT contingent took second place in the Urban Shield anti-terrorism exercise held last weekend throughout the East Bay. Apparently the group finished just behind the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, which clearly has a leg up on SWAT situations due to the “routine” calls they receive in that jurisdiction. Fremont SWAT took first place honors in 2007, the first year of the state-wide competition.
If you happened to hear about the raid on a Union City home this morning you’re probably wondering what it’s all about. Well, Union City police, the ones who busted into the home on Galaxy Way about 6 a.m., told me that it was related to a homicide case in Hayward and then referred me to a different agency for more information. We’ve got a reporter at The Daily Review working on the details, but it appears that at least a half-dozen suspected gang members were arrested related to a killing in Hayward last month. Check The Review for information later. We should have the full story in our paper tomorrow.
Montcalm Avenue in Newark was the center of police activity today when a resident returned home after noon to find that his home had been burglarized. The short version: the area was corodned off for about two hours and nearby Graham Elementary School was impacted slighty. It was not a lockdown per se, but students, faculty and staff were asked to move to the north side of the property as a safety measure, Lt. Tom Milner said. Students were released from school at 2:30 p.m. as scheduled, and police were not able to find any suspects.