Campbell police arrest 81-year-old man after standoff

By Emmalee Torisk


An 81-year-old Whipple Avenue man is in city jail — and faces a host of charges including domestic violence and aggravated menacing — after a standoff with police Tuesday evening.

About 7 p.m., police received a phone call from a family member of Lamar Harris’, who said his grandfather was locked inside a bedroom with a loaded 20-gauge shotgun and was threatening to kill him, his mother and his wife.

When police arrived at the residence in the 300 block of Whipple, they heard loud screaming coming from inside the house, and helped the grandson and his wife get out, who turned out to be the only other people in the home. They also told neighbors to stay inside their homes and closed off the street.

Police then tried to reason with Harris, who continued screaming and yelling, and making threats toward the officers and himself.

After police broke a window in preparation to throw a pepper grenade, Harris became startled, yelling at the officers outside his bedroom door. He again refused to come out of the bedroom, but finally did so — slowly, and with his left hand concealed — after further negotiations with the officers.

Harris eventually showed his hands to police, which turned out to be empty.

Police then arrested Harris. He is charged with domestic violence, aggravated menacing, obstructing official business and resisting arrest.

Police found an unloaded 20-gauge, double-barrel shotgun in Harris’ bedroom, along with a 12-gauge shotgun shell.

Harris will remain in jail until his initial court appearance Friday in Campbell Municipal Court.

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