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Norco man barricaded in his home surrenders

A Norco man surrendered to authorities after barricading himself in his Norco home and threatening to commit suicide.

March 18, 2010 12:10:57 AM PDT
Matthew Hochmuth is behind bars after barricading himself inside his Norco home Wednesday. Deputies were called to the home in the 4400 Block of Sutton Place after a report of a distraught man who had fired a shotgun inside his home.

Police set up a perimeter around the two-story house and most of the houses on the cul-de-sac were evacuated. A crisis negotiation team contacted Hochmuth. Officials say he eventually walked outside with a weapon pointed at his head, threatening to kill himself in front of the sheriff's deputies.

Negotiators convinced Hochmuth to surrender and he was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside for suspicion of committing a felony while on bail, being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, and negligent discharge of a firearm.

Wednesday's incident came while Hochmuth was on bail for charges filed last December that he was a felon possessing a firearm. In 2006, Hochmuth pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing a controlled substance and drunken driving, and was sentenced to two years in state prison.

Hochmuth is now being held in lieu of $40,000 bail, and is tentatively set to be arraigned Monday.