Got a couple of hours? Meet Hayden Brown.
From the report of Officer Jeffrey Benkert:
On 1/15/19, at approximately 1345 hrs., I responded to a call of a domestic verbal on Sundance Lane. The comments on the call indicated that a neighbor heard a mother and son arguing and the son threatening to shoot his mother. While en
route to the call, the RP advised that the son was in the driveway of the residence breaking things.
I arrived shortly after Officers Johnson and Tovar, and Corporal Koon. Koon was speaking with a woman later
identified as the suspect’s mother. Further down the road I saw Officer Johnson speaking with an individual that I
could not identify. Officer Tovar told me that the suspect was in the backyard of the house and was speaking with Officer
Johnson. While Officer Johnson was attempting to de-escalate the suspect, we formulated a plan for taking the suspect
into custody should the need or opportunity arise. Sergeant Ziemba would assume the task of communicating with the
suspect while Officer Tovar and I would form an arrest team. Corporal Koon would assume lethal cover while Officer Johnson
would deploy his 40mm less-lethal launcher. Just as this plan was completed, the suspect broke contact with Officer
Johnson and retreated into the residence. Sergeant Ziemba attempted to contact him via telephone with varying degrees of
During this lull, the suspect’s mother asked me to escort her to a neighbor’s home where she could be warm and
have use of facilities. As I was walking her across the driveway, the suspect exited the front door of the house holding
a large kitchen knife to his own throat and making threats of suicide. I returned the mother to the command post area
and took a position to cover Officer Tovar, who had deployed his own less-lethal launcher. We attempted to speak with
the suspect but could not establish a dialogue. The suspect went back into the house after a few seconds.
Officer Tovar and I took a position to cover the front door, from where I could see inside the open garage. A white Toyota
Prius was parked in the garage and all its windows had been smashed. [Notably, other vehicles not belonging to the suspect’s mother were present and undamaged.] The suspect exited the home a
second time still holding the knife to his throat. He yelled obscenities at officers and continually made reference to our
weapons, goading us to shoot him. The second time, however, the suspect dropped the knife in some landscaping adjacent to the front porch before he went back into the
By this time, multiple units from other agencies had arrived to assist. I was assigned as lethal cover for Officer Johnson
, with views of the backyard routes of escape. We were advised via radio that a negotiator was on the phone with the
suspect and was attempting to bring this call to a peaceful end.
The negotiation took well over an hour.
The negotiator got the suspect to exit the residence to get water and continue their conversation. We were
advised that we
would receive a command to advance on the suspect.
After a few minutes of negotiation, we received the order and I advanced on
the suspect with the arrest team. The suspect was taken into custody
without further incident or use of force.
The suspect, Hayden Brown, was arrested for DV Malicious Mischief, 1st degree. Hayden’s criminal history reveals he was convicted of inflicting corporal injury to spouse/cohabitant, DV vandalism and exhibiting deadly weapon/firearm from Santa Barbara, California, in what was described as a similar incident where he
extensively damaged a girlfriend’s property.
Inside the residence officers found two Airsoft assault rifles on the bed in the room where Hayden had been yelling at officers and threatening to arm himself. Both weapons were exact replicas of assault rifles and
would be visually unable to recognize that they were not real assault weapons from any distance. There was also a
compound bow and arrows in the same room. Based upon his criminal history it is believed that Hayden has been court
ordered to not be in possession of replica weapons, as he has prior weapon charge violations and is on California probation.
According to his own statements during the incident, he said that he has violated his probation by being up in
Once at jail and prior to booking,
Hayden utilized the jail phone and called the victim and started angrily yelling at her, stating the incident was “all her fault” and
“why did you do this to me.” The victim immediately began defending herself saying she didn’t do this and she hadn’t
called the police. The call was disconnected and we were advised by jail staff that Hayden had smashed the phone receiver
, causing damage to jail property. He was placed in an isolation cell.