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Ex-Queens of the Stone Age Guy -- S.W.A.T. Standoff

7/13/2011 6:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A former member of the rock band Queens of the Stone Age got into an intense standoff with a S.W.A.T. team at his L.A. home last night ... where cops found a high-powered LOADED rifle.


TMZ has learned ... cops were called to the home of 39-year-old Nick Oliveri after a neighbor called 911 to report a "disturbance" between the rocker and his girlfriend.

Sources close to the couple tell us ... Nick's GF told police the rocker struck her during an argument the day before ... and she had come back to the home to collect her stuff so she could move out. That's when the two got into another heated argument ... and Nick locked themselves inside the duplex.

When cops arrived, Oliveri -- who played bass with the Queens for years before parting ways with the group -- refused to allow cops inside the residence ... and would not let his girlfriend leave.

A S.W.A.T. team was called to the scene -- and a standoff ensued. After two hours, Nick finally agreed to let his GF exit the duplex ... and  two hours after that, he gave himself up without further  incident.

When cops searched the home, we're told they found one high powered rifle -- which was FULLY LOADED.

Oliveri was booked on felony domestic violence. He has since been released after posting $100,000 bail.


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Her Imperial and Royal Majesty    

Isn´t he a Neo-Nazi? Why else would he have a fully-loaded high power rifle just laying around?

1198 days ago


Oh no, a fully loaded gun was found in an American citizen's private residence?! Wait, we still live in the United States, right?

1198 days ago

The PMG    

Yawn......Another "celebrity" in a domestic violence "story". Btw, I love how you have to stress that the gun was loaded. Last I checked, while not really great for the cir****tance, it is legal to own a gun and keep it loaded and stored at your own home.

1198 days ago


WOW FULLY LOADED!!!! I have over 30 guns and most are LOADED... doesn't mean **** TMZ.. I even pack up to 4 on me at any time loaded legally too...

oh and all rifles are "high power" when they consider them next too a pistol but next too each other only a few stand out from each either that much... so its just more bull**** from gun hating cops

1198 days ago

Bitch Tits    

Oh my god, a LOADED rifle!? That must be much more dangerous than a plain old rifle, or even a loaded rifle! Guns are scary! Oh wait, I mean SCARY!

1198 days ago


In context, noting that the person who had locked himself and his now-ex-girlfriend into their condo was in possession of a loaded gun makes sense.

Yes, if he had a license for the gun, it is perfectly legal. However, it is newsworthy given the context.

Really, ppl, must we politicize everything?

1198 days ago

Bitch Tits    

I'm glad TMZ made the distinction that it was FULLY LOADED rather than just partially loaded. Otherwise, the guy might have come across as kind of a *****.

1198 days ago


This dude is the next guest of honor with the Insane Clown Posse. Tila Tequila, Charlie Sheen, and Nick Oliveri - A truly high class collection of star power!

1198 days ago


Not surprised to see this at all...He was kicked out of Queens of the Stone Age a decade ago for beating his girl friend.

1198 days ago


His girlfriend is lucky he didn't blow her brains out. I'm really glad this ended well because it sure had the makings of an ugly tragedy.

1198 days ago


And, um, yes, it IS of note that he had a fully-loaded rifle with him, given that it was a hostage situation. I myself wouldn't want to be held hostage with an enraged ex-boyfriend who had a loaded gun.

1198 days ago


omg! FULLY LOADED. you guys are a stitch.

1198 days ago


this is the exact reason he was kicked out of QOTSA

1198 days ago


He got kicked out of the band for domestic violence a few years ago. So much for getting back into the band! DOUCHEBAG

1198 days ago


Terrible situation, but the selfish Kyuss fan in me hopes the Kyuss Lives tour goes on as scheduled...

1198 days ago
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