Man Arrested After Pointing Semi-Automatic Rifle at Officers During Ontario Standoff: Police

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A police vehicle is seen near a home in Ontario where an hourslong standoff occurred overnight on Sunday, April 12, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

A 44-year-old man was arrested early Monday morning after allegedly pointing a rifle at police officers before an hourslong standoff at a home in Ontario, authorities said.

The Ontario Police Department received a 911 call about 8:36 p.m. Sunday in which an argument was audible in the background, according to a news release. The call became disconnected. When a dispatcher called back, the female caller said her husband had been drinking and was causing a disturbance, the release said.

Police responded minutes later to a house in the 900 block of West Vesta Street (map). As officers approached the home, Faafetai Tai Niusila came out onto the front porch and pointed a semi-automatic rifle at them, according to the statement.

Two officers opened fire on Niusila, who retreated into the house and eventually fled to a nearby residence, the Police Department said. Authorities surrounded the second home, and the department’s SWAT team was summoned to the scene.

While evacuating residents from the area, officers found a semiautomatic rifle on the ground in a neighboring yard, officials said.

SWAT officers found the suspect about seven hours after the standoff began and took him into custody without incident, police said.

Niusila was booked at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, where he was being held on $1,000,000 bail, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department online inmate records. He is scheduled to appear in Superior Court on Wednesday.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the incident is asked to call Ontario police detectives at 909-395-2001. Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous can call 800-78-CRIME or visit wetip.com.