Police arrest armed man who locked himself in his home and threatened to blow up building in Benalmádena

Officers at the scene.
Officers at the scene. / SALVADOR SALAS
  • Residents in the area near La Paloma park were evacuated as a precautionary measure, while negotiations with the suspect, a retired police officer, went on for more than four hours

A retired police officer who locked himself into his home and threatened to blow up his building was arrested by police in Benalmádena on Friday night.

Residents in various buildings in the area of La Paloma park were evacuated after the man, apparently a retired deputy police inspector in his fifties with mental health problems, called the emergency services soon after 8pm, saying he was going to cause a gas explosion.

National and Local Police, the fire brigade and emergency health services were deployed to the scene. Conversations between the man and two police negotiators, as well as his brother and father, went on for more than four hours.

Meanwhile fire officers took gas readings in the building. When these reached levels considered dangerous, officers from GOES, the police forcce's special security squad, were given the green light to break into the property.

In seconds they restrained the suspect, who was armed, said police sources.

The man was taken to Malaga's Clínico hospital for psychiatric evaluation.