UPDATE: Armed Standoff Ends Peacefully in Pleasant Hill as Suspect Chunliam Saechao Surrenders to FBI SWAT Team

UPDATE: Armed Standoff Ends Peacefully in Pleasant Hill as Suspect Chunliam Saechao Surrenders to FBI SWAT TeamSource: Google Street View
Eileen Vargas
Published on December 10, 2023

A standoff between a heavily armed suspect and law enforcement came to a close in Pleasant Hill after the man surrendered to the FBI SWAT Team without incident. Chunliam Saechao, who barricaded himself inside a residence on the 200 block of Cleopatra Drive, was arrested and faces multiple felony charges, the Pleasant Hill Police Department said.

The tense situation unfolded when Saechao allegedly attempted to quickly end the life of a police officer with a deadly weapon. Following the initial encounter, the FBI SWAT team replaced the Central County SWAT early yesterday after a strategic disengagement intended to de-escalate the situation. Saechao's surrender occurred at approximately 7:52 a.m., according to the Pleasant Hill Police Department's Facebook page.

The incident prompted a significant police presence and sparked unrest among the residents of the Sherman Acres neighborhood. As quoted from the police department's update, authorities acknowledged that "this prolonged and serious event caused great disruption and stoked fear" in the community. The police strategy hinged on tactics of de-escalation, which included monitoring Saechao's social media activity and remaining on standby to ensure the public's safety.

In a display of relief, officials stated that "the tactics employed led to a peaceful resolution," ultimately avoiding injury or loss of life in the community or among the law enforcement officers involved. The police emphasized that even after stepping back from direct engagement with Saechao, the safety and security of the public were consistently monitored and constantly assessed. The suspect will be booked for several felonies, including assault with a deadly weapon and attempted homicide of a police officer.