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.