Palo Alto Police officer Sean Downey said that an argument between two men, neighbors in the area who knew each other, escalated to the point where one man brandished a gun at the other man and a taxi driver who was driving him. The two neighbors had been out earlier that night, outside of Palo Alto limits, and got into an argument, Downey said. One of them returned home to his residence in the 500 block of Maybell Avenue. The other man arrived afterwards in a taxi.
Police received a call around 9:30 p.m. that the first man was pointing a semi-automatic handgun in a "threatening gesture" toward his neighbor and the taxi driver. When police arrived, the man with the weapon had gone back inside his house. Downey said they closed off a large part of the surrounding area, including the parking lot of a Walgreens at 4170 El Camino Real.
"We made numerous attempts through phone and loudspeaker to get the suspect to come out of his residence, but we were unsuccessful," Downey said. "Since this was an isolated incident between two people and it was not a threat to the larger public and there was no other persons (involved) ... we didn’t want to force a confrontation."
Police left around 12:15 a.m. No arrests were made nor charges filed; the case will now be sent to the District Attorney's office.