12-hour standoff ends when police realize nobody’s home

Desert Hot Springs standoff

Authorities in Riverside County, California, surrounded a Desert Hot Springs home believing that two wanted suspects were inside, but it wasn’t until after more than 12 hours that they realized the home they surrounded was empty.

When officers arrived at the home just before 11 a.m., they thought a suspect, who was wanted for an assault with a deadly weapon and considered armed and dangerous, had barricaded himself inside. After surrounding the home, officers then received additional information that a second suspect, who was wanted in connection with a shooting last week, was also inside the home. At that point, additional units were called in, including the SWAT team.

As the standoff went into Tuesday morning, officers repeatedly called out to the suspects, with no response. Soon, three flash-bangs were deployed, still with no response. Next, a robotic vehicle was sent inside the home and found no activity. Finally, SWAT entered the home and found it empty.

It’s unknown where authorities obtained the information used to initiate the standoff, but the incident remains under investigation.

[ The Desert Sun ]