Community brings water, snacks to Calif. police in 8-hour standoff
The officers posted a thank you note on the department’s Facebook page
By PoliceOne Staff
VACAVILLE, Calif. — After an hours-long standoff, a community set up a table full of snacks and water for responding officers, according to The Reporter News.
Officers responded on April 5 after a woman reported her husband was holding a .22 caliber rifle to his head inside their home. The woman and other family members exited the home and the man, 40-year-old Jared Williams, stayed inside.
The department’s Critical Incident Negotiations Team (CINT) and Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) were deployed. Police closed off streets during the 8-hour standoff, warning the community of the danger and thanking them for their patience via their Facebook page.
“You all remained patient and vigilant,” they wrote. “Some of you were not allowed access to your homes for a period of time and others were kept awake by the sounds of our distraction devices.”
Williams had a previous conviction from another similar incident. Officers used negotiation tactics and eventually deployed gas into the residence. Williams walked out and surrendered to police.
The community set up a table with treats and bottles of water for the officers involved. Notes placed on the table thanked the officers for keeping their town safe.
“Seeing this kind gesture during a critical incident meant a lot to the officers,” the department wrote on Facebook. ”The support and cooperation from our community tonight was truly unique and is one of the reasons Vacaville is such a wonderful place to live and work. Again, Thank you.”
The post garnered over 2,000 reactions.