POCATELLO — The armed and dangerous local man accused of opening fire on his neighbors has been arrested after a lengthy standoff in south Pocatello, police said.
Brandon Straitiff, 22, of Pocatello, was arrested by Bannock County Sheriff's Office SWAT officers around 12:20 a.m. Monday, ending what had been a six-hour standoff with law enforcement, Pocatello police said.
No one was injured during the standoff or when a pistol-wielding Straitiff shot at his neighbors on Saturday night.
The standoff began around 6:20 p.m. Sunday at the Black Cliffs mobile home park on the 6300 block of South Fifth Avenue when Pocatello police searching for Straitiff were informed by mobile home park residents that he was in one of the residences there.
Pocatello police said they tried to establish communication with Straitiff, who was alone in a friend's mobile home, but he would not respond.
Pocatello police then called in the Bannock County Sheriff's Office SWAT team, which arrived on the scene with the county's Bearcat armored vehicle.
Police said the Bearcat was deployed so that the SWAT team could get close to the mobile home Straitiff occupied and try to communicate with him while SWAT officers were safe inside the armored vehicle.
But even after the Bearcat pulled up alongside the mobile home, Straitiff still would not communicate, police said.
After several hours of being unable to get Straitiff to respond, SWAT officers moved in and arrested him inside the mobile home without incident, police said. No shots were fired but police would not yet confirm whether Straitiff was armed when arrested.
Police said Straitiff had a pistol on Saturday night that he used to open fire on his neighbors after they tried to intervene during a domestic disturbance between him and his girlfriend.
That incident occurred outside of Straitiff's mobile home in the 4300 block of Opal Drive, also in south Pocatello.
Police said when Straitiff's neighbors tried to break up the disturbance he was having with his girlfriend, he got into a physical confrontation with one of the neighbors.
Straitiff then entered his mobile home, came out with his pistol and opened fire on his neighbors, police said.
No one was struck by the gunfire.
Straitiff's neighbors contacted police but Straitiff and his girlfriend got in his car and drove away before officers arrived.
Pocatello police said they were in communication with Straitiff's girlfriend on Sunday and she is safe and unharmed.
Pocatello police are expected to release more information on Straitiff soon, including what criminal charges he's facing.