Incidents continued in North San Juan after standoff |

Incidents continued in North San Juan after standoff

A North San Juan man who kept law enforcement at bay for nearly six hours after he barricaded himself inside his house with a gun remains in custody on a variety of charges.

But the excitement wasn’t over in North San Juan, even after Michael Lee Edmondson, 35, surrendered at about 8:40 p.m. Wednesday.

Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a bar in the 29000 block of Highway 49 at about 10 p.m. Wednesday after receiving reports that two men were showering people with pepper spray, and about six victims were injured.

A man identified as Michael Zachary Williams, 25, of North San Juan, “apparently got into an argument with another patron, whom he thought was trying to pick up his girlfriend,” said Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal.

The two men went outside, and Williams allegedly pushed the other man, who is not being named, to the ground and kicked him a couple of times, Royal said.

A friend of Williams, identified as Steven Paul Lillis, 28, of San Mateo, Calif., followed the two men outside.

“Lillis pulled out a can of bear deterrent and started spraying people,” Royal said.

Both men fled the scene but were located by deputies after a search of the area; Lillis allegedly was hiding in some bushes.

Williams was arrested on suspicion of battery. He was booked and released on $750 bail.

Lillis was arrested on suspicion of illegal use of tear gas and illegally discharging a firearm with gross negligence. He was being held in lieu of $150,000 bail.

The standoff with Edmondson began after his father called at about 3 p.m. Wednesday to report he was standing in the middle of the road with a knife, saying he was going to end it all, according to the dispatch report. Edmondson allegedly then went inside the house and came back outside with a gun, firing a few rounds down the driveway before retreating back inside the house.

Edmondson was arrested on suspicion of threatening a crime, exhibiting a deadly weapon and illegally discharging a firearm with gross negligence. He is being held at Nevada County jail in lieu of $40,000 bail.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, e-mail or call (530) 477-4229.

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