Twenty-seven-year-old Andrew Stock is facing charges of Criminal Trespass and a firearms violation after climbing up a billboard with what turned out to be a pair of pellet guns resembling AR-15 style weapons.
The incident happened Thursday night and began around 7:30 with a report of an armed party near 9600 L Street.
The call came from a security guard working in the area. He said he had seen a man carrying a backpack that had a rifle barrel sticking out of it. The guard said the man ran across L Street from the south and jumped a barbed wire fence into the Westside Community Schools Service Center at 9437 J Street.
From there, he climbed an 80 to 100’ tall, double-sided billboard and concealed himself. The billboard looks directly over L Street.
Police arrived. The saw him from a distance between the billboard signs but they say he would not come down.
Police say L Street was completely shut down from 102nd to 90th Street in the event that he began shooting.
Stock eventually responded to verbal commands from police. He came down from the billboard and was arrested.
Able-1, the police helicopter, did several flyovers to make sure no one else had been with Stock. Police retrieved the pellet guns from the scaffolding Stock had been on.
There were no injuries.