Dos Palos SWAT standoff ends with arrest of Oregon murder suspect

DOS PALOS, Calif.

The area surrounding the Dos Palos home was filled with Highway Patrol, Police, Firefighters, and Merced County Sheriff's deputies while the SWAT team moved in to take Nicholson into custody.

Marks Elementary was on lock down during the standoff. That lock down has since been lifted.

Authorities had been looking for Leland Nicholson Junior in connection with a murder in Oregon last weekend. Nicholson is from Dos Palos and authorities arrested his half-sister at her home on Sunday because they say she gave him food and shelter. Nicholson was not at the home when authorities arrived.

Authorities say Nicholson then broke into an acquaintance's home after the resident refused to let him in. Nicholson then hid in a crawlspace, and the owner of the home called 911.

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