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UPDATE: Man in custody after barricading himself in downtown Pismo Beach

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Posted at 3:16 PM, Jul 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-11 18:16:40-04

UPDATE (8:40 p.m.) - A Pismo Beach man is in custody following an hours-long standoff at a downtown apartment.

The Pismo Beach Police Department got a call shortly before 10 a.m. Saturday regarding a reported burglary and assault at the apartments just above the Cave Landing Shops.

According to police, a man, identified as 46-year-old Lucas Rose of Pismo Beach, entered a neighboring apartment, went into one of the resident's bedroom while holding a baseball bat and put the person in a choke-hold.

A second roommate of the apartment woke up and called 9-1-1.

Police said Rose then returned to his apartment, but it was unclear if he had access to unsecured weapons inside his residence.

"We did call out the regional SWAT team because we didn't know if he had any weapons and he had indicated that he wasn't going to go peacefully," Pismo Beach Police Chief Jeff Smith said.

When officers arrived on scene, they made contact with Rose while he was on the balcony but, he threw a number of items down at officers including a microwave and glass bowl, according to police.

Around 5:00 p.m., members of the SLO Count Regional SWAT team got him to surrender and he was taken into custody without further incident.

Rose was booked in the San Luis Obispo County Jail on several charges including residential burglary, assault and criminal threats.

His bail is set at $100,000.

Officials say Rose is a veteran and believe PTSD may have played a role as a veteran.

"Even though he is going to county jail, we are going to make sure that he does receive services from mental health and gets some evaluation to further determine what happened today."

Police say there is no longer an a threat to the community.

UPDATE (4:40 p.m.) - Police have made contact with the individual and now have him in custody.

City officials said officers will remain on scene to complete the investigation.

According to police, the man was arrested for assault and is being transported to the San Luis Obispo County Jail where he will also receive mental health services.


UPDATE (4:20 p.m.) - Neighbors tell KSBY they were evacuated from apartments above the the Cave Landing Shops around 9 a.m. this morning.

The San Luis Obispo County Regional SWAT team is on scene assisting with the situation.

Hinds and Cypress are blocked off to traffic.

This is the second report of a barricaded subject in San Luis Obispo County this week.

According to the Paso Robles Police Department, on Tuesday at approximately 1:15 a.m., members of the San Luis Obispo Regional Special Weapons and Tactics team were involved in a deadly shooting while attempting to arrest an armed and barricaded suspect.


ORIGINAL STORY (3:16 p.m.) - Police are on on scene of an active situation in downtown Pismo Beach.

The Pismo Beach Police Department is responding to reports of an barricaded individual near the intersection of Cypress and Hinds.

City officials say the suspect was involved in an assault earlier this morning.

Pismo Beach Police Department and members of neighboring agencies are on site and attempting to make contact with the person and end the incident peacefully.

People are asked to avoid the area due to the heave police presence.

Few details are available at this time. KSBY News has a field crew en route to the scene.

This is a developing story, check back later for details.