Firearms Related Arrest

Release Date/Time: 8/9/2020 9:54 AM
Incident: Firearms Related Arrest
Date: Saturday, 8/8/2020
Time: 4:50 PM
Location: 1600 Block of First Ave.

On 8/8/2020 at approximately 4:50PM, the Salinas Police Department received a call regarding a person who had armed himself with a stolen handgun on the 1600 block of First Ave. The victim caller indicated that he was visiting from out of state and that he had secured his handgun in his vehicle. He noticed that the suspect, Ernesto Rodriguez Orellana (31), was inside the victims' truck going through his things. The victim confronted Orellana, who is a tenant at the residence, and noticed that he had taken his handgun and holster. When the suspect refused to return the stolen property, the victim called the police.

SPD officers arrived and attempted to have Orellana surrender. After several hours of negotiating, the Hostage Negotiation Team (HNT) and SWAT Team were activated and arrived at the scene. HNT took over negotiations which went on for several more hours. The suspect, who was a previously deported felon, continued to refuse to come out and insisted that he was going to get into a shootout with police.

SWAT eventually initiated an entry into the garage with the assistance of a distraction device. Orellana, who had dropped the gun, tried to rearm himself and was shot with a less lethal rubber round. He was then taken into custody.

Orellana was booked into Monterey County Jail for a variety of charges related to the firearm and narcotics. The entire incident took over 8 ½ hours and ended at approximately 1:30AM.

Release Authorized by: Commander Bryan Cupak
Telephone: (831) 758-7250

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