This was around 8:30 AM. Eventually, the police got the man out of the car -- whether he was tasered is not clear. But there was a waiting ambulance, and he was taken there.
We finally got let in to the court at 9:15. As it happened, one of our jurors had arrived early and had gotten into the courthouse. She said she was at the front window when she heard a huge commotion outside.and looked down and watched it all unfold. Well, most of it -- eventually, the police below called up with their bullhorn to "Get away from the window!" since they didn't know at that point if the man had a gun or not.
The jurors all finally arrived, and still had a wait for a while before being let into the court. The judge, the wonderful Lawrence Cho, was out in the hall with us and sort of good-naturedly bewildered by it all, as well. He said that for the longest while he didn't even have a clue what was going on. He'd gotten to the courthouse early, decided to go get some doughnuts (which turned out later to have been bought for us in the jury deliberation room), and wandered back to the back entrance of the courthouse specifically for judges. He blithely wandered in to his court, and to his great surprise found it empty. "I had no idea what was going on!" he said. The only person there was his court assistant who was sort of freaked out and told him everything. As Judge Cho quipped, though with a seriousness, he thought it fascinating that the court security was such that he could wander into the building and stroll into his courtroom...and not have anyone stop him to tell him that there was a problem.
As I mentioned, between this and the power failure, Santa Monica should consider having a new slogan to make prospective jurors want to serve that, "Come to Our Court. We Have More Fun Here Than the Other Guys!"
Anyway, finally we got let into the courtroom, an hour late, and then into deliberation for our second day there. And we actually came to a verdict. More on that and the whole trial in a long article soon. I'm working on it, and...well, it will be hard to miss.