Release Date/Time: 10/21/2014 8:34 PM
Incident: Armed Standoff Ends With Suspect In Custody, Victims Safe
Date: Tuesday, 10/21/2014
Time: 2:08 PM
Location: 200 block of Dennis Ave.
Release Authorized by: Sheldon R. Bryan, Commander
Ramon Vargas (63) went to his daughter s home. He was under the influence of narcotics and alcohol. A physical altercation occurred between Vargas and his daughter. The victim suffered superficial injuries after being struck by Vargas using a large metal pipe. All occupants of the house were able to escape and called the police.
Vargas armed himself with an eight-inch kitchen knife, locked himself inside the home and threatened to commit suicide. The Hostage Negotiation Team (HNT) responded, along with crisis intervention team (CIT) members from Monterey County Behavioral Health.
This is standard protocol whenever time and circumstances permit. Officers negotiated with Vargas for two hours.
Throughout the stand-off, Vargas pleaded for officers to shoot him and said he would "die today." He repeatedly poked himself in the abdomen with the knife and became increasingly agitated. He began challenging officers to fight and taunting them to shoot him.
Ultimately, Vargas exited the home while still armed with the knife. He challenged one of the HNT officers to fight; the officer told him he was unarmed. Vargas threw the knife to the ground and then prepared to attack, but two officers armed with 40-mm, nonlethal projectile weapons fired and struck Vargas just above the knee with rubberized impact rounds. Vargas fell to the ground uninjured and was taken into custody without further incident.
Vargas was transported to Natividad Medical Center for a jail check and then lodged at Monterey County Jail.