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Man arrested after hourslong standoff at apartment complex in Southwest Bakersfield

Posted at 9:36 PM, Aug 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-01 16:35:19-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — UPDATE: After an hourslong standoff in Southwest Bakersfield, the Bakersfield Police Department arrested Dennis Daniel Rhynes, 61, for multiple charges, including assault with a deadly weapon.

Police said officers were dispatched to The Springs Apartment Complex around 6:51 p.m. Saturday for reports that a man had pointed a gun at a neighbor and made threats to kill.

Officers later identified the man as Rhynes who was near the doorway of the apartment. He then retreated back and refused officers orders to exit.

That led to a standoff with SWAT for several hours. Numerous apartments were evacuated, according to BPD.

Rhynes later exited the apartment without incident around 3 a.m. Sunday.

The firearm believed to have been used in the incident has been seized, police said. Rhynes has been booked for charges of brandishing a firearm, criminal threats, assault with a deadly weapon and resisting or delaying of a police officer.

He is being held on $85,000 bail and is set to be in court on Wednesday.


ORIGINAL STORY: The Bakersfield Police Department is involved in a standoff at an apartment complex in Southwest Bakersfield.

According to officials, around 6:51 p.m., a man living inside The Springs Apartments on Camino Media pointed a gun at a neighbor before barricading himself in an apartment.

That led to a standoff with police. Some residents have been evacuated due to the standoff, according to police.

Police have not identified the barricaded person, but say he is a man in his 60s. BPD says they expect to be on scene for hours.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.