Gun call leads to standoff on freeway on-ramp

By Austin Dave

Last update: Monday, November 20th, 2017

Deputies detain motorhome at gunpoint on freeway onramp

Tense moments on a freeway onramp as Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputies detained a motorhome at gunpoint in connection with a reported road rage incident in Canyon Country.

Posted by Austin Dave on Monday, November 20, 2017

A reported road rage incident led to a standoff atop a freeway on-ramp in Canyon Country Monday afternoon.

The chain of events leading to the high profile impasse began at a gas station near Sierra Highway and Soledad Canyon Road at about 2:45 p.m.

A woman reported an assault with a deadly weapon had taken place after a heated verbal exchange at the refueling station and that the suspect fled in a recreational vehicle, said Lt. Becerra of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

The victim specifically mentioned a gun being pointed at her by one of the RV’s occupants.

Responding patrol deputies located the RV heading southbound on Sierra Highway just south of Jakes Way.

The RV turned right at Via Princessa and made a second right turn onto the southbound Highway 14 on-ramp.

Sheriff’s deputies conducted a traffic stop and the vehicle immediately yielded, Becerra said. A 15-minute standoff ensued between law enforcement and the RV’s occupants.

California Highway Patrol units arrived shortly after and assisted the evacuation of about eight vehicles from the on-ramp.

A sheriff’s department helicopter was requested to provide an aerial viewpoint of the high stakes traffic stop.

Deputies armed with rifles and shields used loudspeakers to communicate with the suspects until a man emerged from the RV.

Within minutes, a second occupant exited the vehicle.

Sheriff’s units on scene conducted a search of the RV, but didn’t find a weapon. After making contact with the woman who made the initial report, it was determined that no crime had taken place.

The woman recanted specific parts of her story, Becerra said. At this point, there is no investigation, the lieutenant said.

About 45 minutes later, the on-ramp was cleared and reopened.

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Gun call leads to standoff on freeway on-ramp

Deputies detain motorhome at gunpoint on freeway onramp

Tense moments on a freeway onramp as Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputies detained a motorhome at gunpoint in connection with a reported road rage incident in Canyon Country.

Posted by Austin Dave on Monday, November 20, 2017

A reported road rage incident led to a standoff atop a freeway on-ramp in Canyon Country Monday afternoon.

The chain of events leading to the high profile impasse began at a gas station near Sierra Highway and Soledad Canyon Road at about 2:45 p.m.

A woman reported an assault with a deadly weapon had taken place after a heated verbal exchange at the refueling station and that the suspect fled in a recreational vehicle, said Lt. Becerra of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

The victim specifically mentioned a gun being pointed at her by one of the RV’s occupants.

Responding patrol deputies located the RV heading southbound on Sierra Highway just south of Jakes Way.

The RV turned right at Via Princessa and made a second right turn onto the southbound Highway 14 on-ramp.

Sheriff’s deputies conducted a traffic stop and the vehicle immediately yielded, Becerra said. A 15-minute standoff ensued between law enforcement and the RV’s occupants.

California Highway Patrol units arrived shortly after and assisted the evacuation of about eight vehicles from the on-ramp.

A sheriff’s department helicopter was requested to provide an aerial viewpoint of the high stakes traffic stop.

Deputies armed with rifles and shields used loudspeakers to communicate with the suspects until a man emerged from the RV.

Within minutes, a second occupant exited the vehicle.

Sheriff’s units on scene conducted a search of the RV, but didn’t find a weapon. After making contact with the woman who made the initial report, it was determined that no crime had taken place.

The woman recanted specific parts of her story, Becerra said. At this point, there is no investigation, the lieutenant said.

About 45 minutes later, the on-ramp was cleared and reopened.

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  • Zeff Jucker

    And they didn’t arrest the reporting party that caused this incident for what reason????

    • Ron Bischof

      Indeed. Consider the resources burned as a consequence.

  • Gary Bierend

    A crime indeed took place, just not the one law enforcement responded to.

    The person that made the false report should be liable for the cost to taxpayers.

  • Fortunato Arriza

    Swatting,including flashbanging.tricking police with call forwarding service for handicapped.permanent damage,little risk.

  • Dirk McGivens

    I hope he SUES her for False Imprisonment & the DA File Charges for report FALSE Information.
    Its A*****les like her that PUT EVERYONE at Risk, what if they would have shot him, she Would have been responsible FOR MURDER!

    • barbara_225

      the driver has nothing to sue about..the deputies were there under false pretenses ..it was a FALSE report of gun, but LASD didnt know that…if anyone is liable, it would be the one that called in the report