Stand Off with Police


el-centro-police-department logoEl Centro – As the officers were walking up to the house, the front door opened slightly and someone inside the house stuck a rifle barrel out, pointing it at the approaching officers.  The officers retreated, took cover and called for additional resources.

On September 26, 2013, at 8:32 AM, two officers from the El Centro Police Department arrived at a house in the 100 block of West Holt to investigate a 9-1-1 hang-up.  Moments earlier, the police dispatch center received a 9-1-1 call from the residence.  No one was on the line and then the phone was hung up.

“Initially, officers used the public address system in a patrol car to call out to whoever was inside, asking them to surrender.  Once a trained negotiator arrived we were able to make phone calls into the house and talk to the occupant.  With help from a friend of the occupant, the negotiator convinced 20 year old Jocelyn Salas to come out and she was taken into custody”, said Commander Jeff Mason.  Salas was arrested at 9:38 AM.

Officers searched the house once Salas was in custody.  No one else was found inside.  The rifle she had  pointed at the officers was found to be a BB gun.  It was taken as evidence.

Salas was booked into the Imperial County Jail on charges of brandishing a firearm at a peace officer and delaying or obstruction a peace officer.  Her bail was set at $1,500.00.

“This event could have easily turned to a tragedy.  Thankfully no one was injured”, said Mason.