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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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Isn't it smarter to have a fully loaded weapon in your own home? Or if someone does break in do you tell them to wait so you can load it. Damn media always over dramatizing crap.

1166 days ago


Loaded!! OMG!! What a bunch of homos TMZ must be.

1166 days ago


SHUT THE HELL UP ALL OF YOU! you don't know him at all- it is not what you all are so sure it is. the press knows only the facts about the arrest but NOTHING about what's REALLY going on. I DO and he does NOT deserve bad press at all. if you had ANY clue as to why he was upset you'd want that fleabag bum thief junkie bitch removed from the human race as she's giving us all a bad name. once a guy is marked as an abuser- chicks know they can corner a guy with the threat of that phone call hanging over his head. he's the most misunderstood, misrepresented guy and i would take a bullet for him without hesitation.

1166 days ago


lol, Do you know how many people in my neighborhood have loaded rifles/guns in their house? EVERYONE. Harvey, Cmon! This is America you doedoe!

1166 days ago

alpha wolf    

Whoever wrote this story must live quite the sheltered life. The point of having a rifle at one's HOME is self and family defense. There's not enough time to say, when attacked by a home invader,"oh mr. criminal, would you please wait until I load my weapon before you attack? And maybe you could wait a few minutes more so I can call 911?Thanks." Typical,left-wing,big-city idiots.

1166 days ago


What's the point of having a FULLY UNLOADED weapon in the house? Only someone who's been raised to be scared of guns would write something paranoid like that. The best someone could probably LOAD a magazine in a stressful situation is 20 seconds. It takes about 3 seconds to break down a locked bedroom door. It takes about 3 1/2-4 minutes for police to respond to 911 (if you're not put on hold). If you have guns for protection, of course they're going to be LOADED. If you have kids, then they are still LOADED in a biometric safe that can be opened in 2 seconds with an adult hand.

1166 days ago


Oh boy, FULLY loaded, man thats dangerous. I mean, guns arent meant to be loaded, they are meant as tools to struck people with.

1166 days ago


Feel good hit of the summer.

1166 days ago


Big whoop! Most people that keep guns in their house keep the guns loaded.

1165 days ago


This story is full of DERP. I realize that this is an entertainment outlet for bored, sheltered, middle-class white people but surely there's at least one person at TMZ who knows wtf they're talking about when it comes to firearms? One? Just one? Bueller?

1165 days ago


He's looking at 10-20 for this one. What an ass.

1165 days ago


NICK was my first friend when I moved to the US from Europe. It's horrible to see him like this.

1164 days ago

dr. maxar berezium    

then nick got uot of jail, got on a plane and played a show in belgium, of course, cuz that's how much that dude rocks............

1164 days ago


How NOT to be an idiot woman, #265: If you've been in a fight with your man and you need to go back and get your stuff so you can move out, NEVER NEVER NEVER go alone. This stupid **** helped create the situation with her stupidity.

1164 days ago


ha. i opened for his band, mondo generator, at the viper room awhile back... seemed sort of insane. doesn't surprise me.

1160 days ago
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