UPDATE: Armed Standoff Comes to a Peaceful End, Suspect Identified
Armed man in eight hour standoff with police has ended.Photo: Video by kmir6.com
COACHELLA - Riverside County Sheriff's Deputies are on-scene of an ongoing armed standoff in the 84900 Block of Calle Verde in Coachella.
Initially there are reports that a mentally disturbed man with a gun is holding a woman hostage inside a residence and that shots may have been fired. Late this afternoon the woman was either released or escaped and was taken from the scene in an ambulance.
Hostage negotiators are on-scene. Homes in the neighborhood have been evacuated. Harrison Street, Avenue 52, Calle Camacho and Calle Verde are all closed in the area.
Peter Pendleton Elementary School and Valley View Elementary School were both locked down much of the day but the lockdowns were lifted and students released to their parents.
The mentally distrubed man turned himself into police just after 7 p.m. Thursday. Names of those involved are being withheld at this time.
The man has been identified as Jacob Nunez, 31, of Coachella. Nunez now faces a number of felony charges.