Yountville, California, USA: Califonia Highway Patrol responded, Friday, to reports of shots fired and hostages taken, by a man with an assault rifle, at the Veterans Home of California-Yountville and a shelter in place order is in effect, California Department of Veteran Affairs, CalVet, reports.
“Law enforcement is at the Yountville Veteran’s Home right now following reports of gunfire. The safety of our residents, workers and the community is our top priority. We have activated our emergency response protocol and are cooperating with law enforcement.” – CalVet.
The Califonia Highway Patrol, CHP, also released a statement:
“The CHP is aware of the incident at the Yountville Veterans Home and has officers and aerial resources on scene working with Napa County Sheriff’s deputies and others to bring the situation to a safe conclusion. A CHP SWAT team is also enroute. More details as info is available.” – CHP Headquarters
Napa County law enforcement responded in force Friday morning to the Veterans Home of California in Yountville following a report of a man with a gun who had taken hostages.
The suspect is believed to have been a member of The Pathway Home program, a privately run military program for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars with emotional trauma. Early reports said the man, 36 years old, had been discharged from the treatment program two weeks ago.
He was reported holed up Friday in Pathway’s Madison Building on the Vets Home grounds.
The initial report came in at 10:20, prompting dozens law enforcement officers from multiple agencies to set up a perimeter at the Veterans Home.
A man, dressed in black and wearing body armor, was reportedly armed with an automatic weapon. Three people were initially reported taken hostage, but by 11:40 a.m. the number was reported as two and then three again.
Hostages are reportedly the Director of PTSD Program, a Pscyhologist and a Cinical worker who were involved in the treatment and care of the suspect two weeks ago.
The sheriff’s office reported that multiple shots had been fired at officers, but there were no reports of any casualties.
Residents and employees at the Vets Home were reported sheltering in place while law enforcement surrounded the building containing the suspect. Among those ordered to shelter in place were some 80 theater students from Justin-Siena High School in Napa who were rehearsing “Guys and Dolls” inside the Lincoln Theater on the Veterans Home grounds. The theater is not near the location of the police standoff.
Justin-Siena reported early Friday afternoon that students were in the process of being released from the theater to cars and the Justin-Siena bus.
Entry to the Veteran Home was blocked off to the public and golfers were cleared from the adjacent Vintners golf course as a precaution.
Both ground and air ambulances were being staged near the Veterans Home.
Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.
The Yountville Veteran’s home – north of San Francisco – is the largest veterans’ home in the US. Some 1,000 aged or disabled veterans (both men and women) or World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Desert Storm, and Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom now live at the home.
People wanting information about loved ones at the Vets Home can call 707-948-3331.