Tense Daly City standoff ends with two suspects surrendering 

A six-hour standoff in Daly City involving the SWAT team ended peacefully Monday after two suspects surrendered.

Cops responded to shots fired at a home at 26 W. Market St., near the intersection of Mission Street and San Pedro Road, at around 5 a.m., according to Daly City Police Department Detective Albert Cisneros.

Officers who were in the area heard about five shots that penetrated a cinderblock wall outside, Cisneros said. No one was hit by the gunfire. The police tried to enter the home, but a woman refused to let them in, Cisneros said.

The reluctant woman was with her boyfriend. The pair, whose identities have not been released, are in their late 20s or early 30s, Cisneros said.

Police don’t believe the woman was being held against her will.

What followed was a tense standoff that drew about a dozen SWAT team members, several pointing rifles at the home from the rooftop of a building across the street.

The suspects finally surrendered just after 11 a.m. At one point, members in a SWAT vehicle plowed through a window of the home using a pole. The team then threw a special telephone through the window to establish communication with the couple.

The atmosphere at the scene was quiet, with onlookers watching and waiting outside the yellow police tape, said Emily Haag, an employee at a nearby Walgreens on San Pedro Road.

“A situation like this, you don’t know what can happen,” Cisneros said. “Especially when there are guns involved.”

At minimum, the suspects are facing misdemeanor charges of shots fired and unlawful discharge of a firearm, Cisneros said.

No weapon was found in the home during a preliminary investigation, but ammunition was found inside, he said.

Prior to this incident, the suspects have had only minor brushes with the law, Cisneros said.

“It could be alcohol-fueled, or someone trying to make a point in a very loud way,” he said.


Bay City News contributed to this report.

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