SAN RAMON -- A man who shot a property manager who was sent to assist sheriff's deputies in an eviction surrendered to authorities almost four hours after a standoff with law enforcement in an upscale San Ramon hills gated community began.
Less than 10 minutes after Contra Costa County SWAT team members lobbed tear gas into the home in the 3400 block of Ashbourne Circle in unincorporated San Ramon, the 42-year-old man walked out of his home, knelt on the porch and surrendered to a half-dozen Contra Costa County SWAT team members who rushed toward him from an armored vehicle about 20 feet away.
The standoff began about 2 p.m., when the property manager arrived at the home with two sheriff's deputies to serve an eviction notice on the $1.6 million home, which is in foreclosure, said sheriff's spokesman Jimmy Lee.
Deputies knocked on the door, and when no one answered, the property manager jiggled the doorknob. Lee declined to say which bank owns the home, and it was not clear Wednesday night if the property manager had keys to the home or if deputies intended to break down the door.
At least one shot was fired through the door, hitting the property manager in the leg, Lee said.
The property manager was rushed by ambulance to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley for treatment of nonlethal injuries, Lee said. His name and age were not released.
The suspect was taken to a hospital for treatment and will be booked into the Martinez Detention Facility after his release, according to Contra Costa County assistant sheriff Mark Williams. Police did not release the suspect's identity.
Authorities originally reported that police had fired on the suspect, and that the person shot was a locksmith. Lee corrected both reports, saying they were made in error.
SWAT team members arrived in an armored truck about 3:30 p.m. and rolled through the gates of the Norris Canyon Estates. Law enforcement negotiated with the man until 5:45 p.m. when he came out of the home. No one else was in the home with the man.
Contra Costa County officials sent out an automated message to residents on Ashbourne Circle in the area of Kingsbridge and Camberly courts to shelter in place, close and lock all windows and doors and stay inside until further notice. Between 40 and 50 residents stayed in their homes during the standoff, Williams said. The alert has been lifted and other residents began returning to their homes.
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