Standoff in Southeast Fresno

June 4, 2009 8:24:13 AM PDT
Dozens of officers have surrounded the Fresno home of a suspected gunman and neighbors are being evacuated.At 9:30 p.m., Fresno PD got a call of shots fired. Officers arrived to find a man in the front yard holding a rifle. When he saw officers he ran into the backyard. Police surrounded the residence, and tried to call the suspect out using the P.A. on their squad cars and the telephone.

Officers could see the suspect on the phone, but he wasn't talking to them. He did not communicate at all with the officers outside, and there was nobody else in the house.

According to Sgt. Miller, there was no present danger to the community at large, and escalating the situation could have possibly led to a deadly confrontation. So, officers decided to de-escalate the situation and leave the area about 1:45 a.m..

The suspect will be charged for negligent discharge of a firearm and a probation violation. There is also an unrelated warrant for his arrest. Officers hope that relatives will get him to turn himself in, or that they can catch him at some later date.

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