ARROYO GRANDE — In a tense standoff, law enforcement successfully apprehended a suspect following an attempted homicide incident in the rural Arroyo Grande area on Monday.

The incident unfolded on the morning of Sept. 18, at approximately 8:30 a.m., in the 2800 block of Northview Avenue. Deputies responded to reports of shots fired, arriving to find witnesses describing a heated argument between two men outside a residence. During the altercation, one of the men discharged a firearm at the other, fortunately without causing injury.


The alleged shooter, identified as 75-year-old Anthony Neil Carducci, retreated into his home and barricaded himself inside, remaining the sole occupant of the residence. Law enforcement responded, establishing a perimeter around the house and taking precautionary measures by evacuating nearby homes or advising residents to shelter in place.

Deputies initiated contact with the suspect, engaging in several hours of negotiation to persuade him to exit the residence peacefully. However, when the suspect ceased communication with law enforcement, a diversion device was employed inside the home.

Around 3:30 p.m., members of the Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Detail executed entry into the residence, successfully detaining Carducci. He now faces charges of attempted murder, and the investigation into the incident remains ongoing.

No further details are currently available as authorities continue their efforts to uncover the circumstances surrounding this incident in rural Arroyo Grande.