Standoff ends with suspect's arrest

DOWNEY - A 24-year-old parolee was arrested Tuesday morning after a lengthy standoff that caused the evacuation of a local apartment building.The incident began Monday at about 9:15 p.m. when Downey Police responded to the 9200 block of Elm Vista regarding a call of an assault with a deadly weapon. After an altercation with his niece's boyfriend, Jeffrey Zuniga, of Downey, allegedly pointed a rifle at the victim and threatened him. The boyfriend left the location and called police. Police officers arrived but Zuniga refused to come out of his apartment, authorities said. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department assisted with the standoff and, early Tuesday morning, deputies deployed tear gas into the apartment. Zuniga was taken into custody without incident. A female found inside the apartment was also taken into custody but was later released. Zuniga, who is currently on parole, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and transported to Men's Central Jail where he will wait for an initial court appearance. Police asked witnesses to the assault to call Detective Paul Hernandez at (562) 904-2368.

********** Published: September 08, 2011 - Volume 10 - Issue 21