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Fairfield, CA Police Department
Friday August 18th, 2017 :: 04:45 p.m. PDT
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Fairfield SWAT Ends Michigan Street Stand-off Peacefully

On Thursday, August 17, 2017, at 3:09 p.m. Fairfield Police Dispatch received a report of a domestic disturbance between Steven James Douglas, a 31-year-old Fairfield resident, and his mother inside a home in the 1400 block of Michigan Street.  As officers arrived, they heard gunshots from the backyard of the home and quickly set-up a perimeter around it to contain the occupants.  The mother had already left the home and officers safely removed her from the area. Another female, Douglas' girlfriend remained in the home with him.

Patrol Officers began telephone negotiations with Douglas, but he and the woman refused to exit the home. Neighbors were advised to shelter in place if they were in their homes and to avoid the area if they were not. The Fairfield Police Crisis Negotiation and S.W.A.T. teams responded after initial negotiations did not resolve the incident.

Throughout the first few hours of the stand-off, there was continual back and forth communication between Douglas and the negotiators, but it was not productive. Douglas refused to comply with the negotiator's requests and threatened to kill himself or to force officers to kill him. At one point during negotiations, Douglas fired another gunshot at an unknown target and subsequently also threatened to shoot at a California Highway Patrol helicopter that was patrolling above the home in support of the police response.

Negotiations with Douglas continued for several hours and were periodically disrupted by Douglas' refusal to talk. Following an extended period with no communication from Douglas, the SWAT team deployed tear gas into the home to coax Douglas to exit. At approximately 8:19 pm both Douglas and the female went outside and SWAT officers detained them. Neither of them was injured during the incident.

Detectives from the Investigations Bureau questioned the woman and then released her without charges a short time later. She was treated at the scene by paramedics for exposure to tear gas.

After being medically cleared for tear gas exposure, Douglas was transported and booked into Solano County Jail on the following charges:

•    Shooting at an inhabited dwelling
•    Reckless discharge of a firearm
•    Threatening a peace officer
•    Probation violation

Helping loved ones that suffer from mental illness can seem like an overwhelming task, but recognizing the early signs of suicidal behavior can make a difference that saves lives. Fortunately, there are a variety of guides available online through Solano County Mental Health Services and the Suicide Prevention Lifeline that can help you get help for your loved one, learn the early signs of suicide, and learn how to navigate the Solano County Mental Health system. 

The online links are provided below:
Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
(800) 273-8255

Solano County Wellness Recovery
Resource Guide :

http://www.solanocounty.com/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?blobid=26191

Family Support Group Information:
http://www.solanocounty.com/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?blobid=26126

Wellness Recovery Peer Support Groups:
http://www.solanocounty.com/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?blobid=26127

Address/Location
Fairfield, CA Police Department
1000 Webster St
Fairfield, CA 94533

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 707-428-7300

Sgt. Jeff Osgood
PIO
josgood@fairfield.ca.gov
707-428-7444

1400 Michigan St
Fairfield, CA 94533

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