Parolee hiding from SWAT team falls from ceiling

Posted on December 21, 2011. Filed under: Crime, Parole |

The Associated Press

Published Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — A California parolee hiding from a SWAT team has fallen through the ceiling and into the arms of officers who lobbed tear gas into the attic.

The San Bernardino County Sun ( says 22-year-old Tommy Nelson barricaded himself inside a stranger’s apartment for more than five hours on Monday.

San Bernardino police Lt. David Harp says Nelson ran from gang squad officers and dropped a handgun before invading the apartment and ordering the family to leave at about 4:15 p.m.

A SWAT team was called in and officers tried to contact him for hours. Tear gas was eventually lobbed into the attic and a police dog was sent in to find him.

The lieutenant says Nelson began moving around and he fell through the ceiling at about 10 p.m.

He was arrested and booked for investigation of burglary, violating parole and being a felon with a handgun.


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