Marin County

Police Identify Man in 7-Hour Standoff in San Anselmo

A man who barricaded himself in a San Anselmo residence for seven hours Wednesday night and Thursday morning has been identified as 33-year-old Brian Anthony Gallegos, the Central Marin Police Authority said.

Gallegos used furniture to block the door of his room in the home around 11:15 p.m. after his roommate called police and accused him of vandalizing his vehicle, Lt. Mike Legan said.

Gallegos retreated to his bedroom and locked the door before police responded around 12:05 a.m. to the residence in the 200 block of Butterfield Road, Legan said.

Gallegos would not leave his room and police thought they heard him loading a shotgun. Other roommates were evacuated and police tried to convince Gallegos to leave his room, Legan said.

Police then discovered one roommate was still asleep in an upstairs bedroom, and they tried to contact the roommate by phone to no avail.

The standoff continued and Gallegos at one point allegedly brandished a large knife at police from his window and threatened to kill himself, Legan said.

The Central Marin Police Authority Special Response Team arrived and evacuated the last roommate through an upstairs bedroom window. The roommate said Gallegos threatened him with a knife on Wednesday, but he did not report it to police, Legan said.

Gallegos finally surrendered to police around 7:10 a.m. Thursday. He was booked into Marin County Jail on suspicion of making threats with a knife, brandishing a weapon, obstructing police officers and vandalism, Legan said.

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