Three people were taken into custody after a four-hour standoff ended Thursday morning at a home in San Bernardino, where a police SWAT team served a search warrant for a “high-risk narcotics suspect,” authorities said.
The incident began about 5 a.m., when the Inland Valley SWAT team, comprised of officers from the Colton, Fontana and Rialto police departments, arrived at a home on the 1200 block of West 17th Street (map).
They were serving a search warrant for a man later identified as 20-year-old Jorge Alvarez.
Six people were inside the home, ranging in age from 15 to 75, officers determined, according to a news release from the Fontana Police Department.
Officers had information that Alvarez had high-powered assault rifles inside the home, prompting them to evacuate 10 homes in the surrounding neighborhood as a safety precaution.
After officers deployed flash-bang devices and broke windows by firing rubber bullets, there was initially no response from inside the home, police initially said.
In the news release, Fontana police said Alvarez and the five others came out of the home about 9 a.m. without incident after “continuous efforts throughout the morning to make contact.”
Two assault rifles and three attachments, including a grenade launcher, were found inside the home, along with ammunition and about 1 pound of methamphetamine, said Martha Guzman-Hurtado, spokeswoman for the Fontana Police Department.
Two men and one woman were taken into custody on suspicion of drug and weapons charges, the release stated They were all booked into West Valley Detention Center.
Children who were in the home were released to their parents, who were not in the house, police said.
San Bernardino Police Department Lt. Richard Lawhead initially described some of the people inside the home as victims, but said no one was being held against their will.
Authorities initially said only Fontana police responded, and they gave a different block for the address of the confrontation.