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    Police Arrest Man Who Allegedly Threatened Officers With Hammer
    Santa Rosa Police Department
    Police depict the hammer allegedly used to threaten officers in Santa Rosa. (June 10, 2017)

    Police arrested a man early Sunday morning in Santa Rosa after he allegedly threatened officers with a hammer, police said.

    According to Santa Rosa police, at 1:47 a.m. officers responded to a home in the 2500 block of Pawnee Street to investigate a disturbance. The person who called police said a relative was out of control and was hitting walls and vehicles.

    Officers arrived and were immediately confronted by the suspect, 38-year-old Juan Gabriel Rincon-Mercado of Santa Rosa. He had exited the house through the garage, was holding a hammer in the air and approached the officers, police said.

    According to police, the officers drew their firearms and ordered Rincon-Mercado to drop the hammer, but he ignored them and allegedly advanced toward one officer with the hammer raised in a threatening manner.

    The other officer warned Rincon-Mercado that he would be tased if he did not drop the hammer.

    Rincon-Mercado did not comply and was tased. He was handcuffed and taken to a local hospital where he was treated for minor abrasions, police said.

    At the hospital, Rincon-Mercado told police he threatened the officers with the hammer because he wanted them to shoot him, police said.

    According to police, Rincon-Mercado allegedly used methamphetamine and was binge drinking prior to the officers arriving at the home.

    Rincon-Mercado was booked into the Sonoma County Jail on suspicion of threatening an officer, public intoxication, and possessing methamphetamine and narcotics paraphernalia.

    The officers involved were not injured, police said.

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