Suspect arrested in Boulder Creek stabbing after 20 hour stand-off

BOULDER CREEK, Calif. - According to the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office, 73-year-old Donald Horan of Boulder Creek is in custody after he stabbed a family member multiple times Wednesday evening.

The incident occurred in the 26000 block of Highway 9 around 5:39 p.m.

During the investigation the sheriff’s office said Horan was thought to have multiple firearms and he refused to comply with deputies when asked to come out his house.

The sheriff’s office said Horan secluded himself in his bedroom for 20 hours before deputies were able to peacefully get him out of his home at 2 p.m. Thursday.

The adult victim was flown to a Bay Area trauma center and is in stable condition.

The sheriff’s office released this statement:


“During this incident, we utilized training specifically focused on Integrating Communications, Assessment, and Tactics (ICAT). Reducing the need to use deadly force, upholding the sanctity of life, building community trust, and protecting officers from physical, emotional and legal harm are cornerstones of ICAT. Deputies utilized distance, assessment, protection and time which ultimately provided opportunity to utilize different non-lethal tactics to assist in gaining Horan’s voluntary compliance. We are grateful for a peaceful resolution to this unfortunate event.”

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