By Bay City News Service and Patch Editor Jane McInnis
A 42-year-old man accused of shooting his property manager and proceeding to barricade himself inside his foreclosed home is in custody, police confirmed Wednesday evening.
The man, who hasn't been identified, shot one round through the front door of his home in the Norris Canyon Estates gated residential community of San Ramon after a locksmith began to drill out his doorknob following a foreclosure eviction.
The property manager, standing nearby as the locksmith drilled the lock, was hit in the leg shortly before 2 p.m. and brought to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Residents near the gated community were told to shelter-in-place by Contra Costa Country Sheriff's office.
Many residents on their way home waited several hours in the neighborhood while negotiators tried to ease the suspect into surrendering. "The whole entire place was blocked up. It's pretty surprising since nothing really happens here," said Douglas Chu, a resident of Ashbourne Circle.
Chu was on his way to change into his work uniform only to find his home was behind the police line.
The suspect surrendered around 6 p.m. on Wednesday, after a SWAT vehicle rammed his door and sprayed tear gas into his home.
Houses in the area are luxurious with many bedrooms and bathrooms, some selling for close to $2 million, according to Zillow.
There are several homes being foreclosed on in the neighborhood, with one pre-foreclosure sale listed on Ashbourne, a six-bedroom, 6.5 bath house with 5,632 square feet listed at $1.5 million.
During the ordeal, neighbors sat in their cars pulled over and talked with each other. One neighbor rolled a blue cooler filled with drinks down the hill from her house to share.
"You don't really see the neighbors around here interacting ... but I think now is the time where everybody gets to know each other," said Alyssa Ablao, who was with her boyfriend who lives in the neighborhood.