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Man arrested on weapons charges following police standoff

CLEARLAKE, Calif. – Police arrested a Clearlake man on weapons charges on Monday afternoon after a brief standoff.

Otis Woodford, 37, was arrested for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, possession of a stolen firearm and obstruction, according to Sgt. Rodd Joseph of the Clearlake Police Department.

Joseph said that shortly before 2 p.m. Monday Clearlake Police Dispatch received a call about a possibly armed person inside a residence in the 3600 block of Olive Street.

The reporting party, who had been in the home but had since fled, claimed the subject had come into the home displaying a firearm and was now holding several other occupants hostage. Joseph said the subject was described as a dark-skinned, heavyset male with the first name of “Otis.”

Officers quickly arrived on scene and established a perimeter around the home and evacuated nearby residences, Joseph said.

At one point, Woodford exited the home, coming into the driveway. Joseph said officers began yelling at Woodford to show his hands and to walk out to awaiting officers.

He said Woodford refused to do so and instead ran back into the home and out of view of the officers on scene.

About a minute or less later, Woodford again exited the home and this time complied with officers' demands, Joseph said.

Woodford was detained in handcuffs pending the investigation. Joseph said Woodford is on felony searchable probation out of Lake County for narcotic-related violations.

Using a public announcement system, officers began calling the remaining persons out of the home, Joseph said.

He said several other adults and children eventually exited the home. All were found to be unharmed and uninjured.

Officers then entered the home to check for other suspects or evidence of a crime. Joseph said that, during a search of the home, a loaded .45-caliber handgun was located on a couch. The gun was later determined to have been stolen out of the city of Lompoc.

Woodford was arrested and later booked into the Lake County Jail. Joseph said the case will be referred to the Lake County District Attorney’s Office for filing.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Sgt. Tim Hobbs at 707-994-8251, Extension 312.

 

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