Santa Rosa Man Threatens Suicide Before Police Arrest Him on Warrant

SANTA ROSA — Santa Rosa police negotiated with a man for nearly seven hours Sunday before taking him into custody on an outstanding warrant, according to police.

Police were dispatched to the 200 block of Broadmoor Street at about 3:40 p.m. after a person called 911 to say people were trying to kill him, according to police. Police said the person rambled and sounded confused and upset.

Moments later another person called to say a resident was on their own roof yelling that someone was going to kill them.

Officers responded and began to talk with the initial caller who they identified as 37-year-old Paul Johnson from Santa Rosa.

Police said Johnson has a history of violent crime and now was a parolee-at-large. Police said Johnson seemed paranoid and he threatened to harm himself during the talk with officers.

Several times Johnson used a makeshift weapon to try to harm himself. A team of officers including hostage negotiators and a K9 unit was able to surprise Johnson and take him into custody at about 10:20 p.m.

He suffered minor self-inflicted wounds to an extremity. An ambulance transported him to a hospital for treatment and medical clearance before police booked into the Sonoma County Jail for the parole violation.

Nearby residents took shelter in their homes during the incident.

(Copyright 2015, Bay City News, All rights reserved.)

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