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May 07, 2010

Man escapes police after standoff

A 50-year-old man managed to evade Glendale police early Thursday morning after an all-night standoff with SWAT members, called in after he barricaded himself inside his home.

Glendale police responded to 823 E. Colorado St. Wednesday night after a woman said she was struck and then chased out of the house by the man, James Gorman, with a butcher knife.

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Gorman allegedly yelled to arriving officers that he would shoot them if they attempted to come into the home.

Officers tried to coax Gorman out using a public announcement system before using a “chemical agent” as they forced their way into the house early Thursday morning, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.

Gorman was nowhere on the property, having probably made his escape in the initial minutes of the standoff before police had established a perimeter around the area, Lorenz added.

Gorman is wanted on suspicion of domestic violence, assault with a deadly weapon, and threatening a police officer, Lorenz said.

Officer Tasers teen in gun incident

A Glendale police officer shot a 17-year-old boy with a Taser gun Wednesday after he allegedly reached for a handgun tucked into his waistband, officials said.

The boy, whom authorities did not identify because he is a minor, tried to evade officers on his bicycle before colliding with a motor bike cop at 631 E. Windsor Road on Wednesday afternoon. The teen then fled on foot while holding onto the waistband of his pants, according to a police report.

He was stopped two blocks later but refused to heed officer orders. The Commerce resident was shot with a Taser gun as he reached for his waistband and handcuffed. Officers allegedly found a .22-caliber handgun tucked into his waistband during a search.

“This is one lucky young man here,” Sgt. Tom Lorenz said, adding that without the Taser, the officer response to the teen would have been lethal.

The teen was transported to a juvenile detention facility, where he is awaiting arraignment on charges of evading and assaulting police, and for illegally possessing a handgun, Lorenz said.


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