Gunman found dead after home invasion in Hanford

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Sunday, May 21, 2023
Gunman found dead after home invasion in Hanford
An hours-long standoff in Kings County is over with a home invasion suspect left dead.

KINGS COUNTY, Calif. (KFSN) -- An hours-long standoff in Kings County has ended and the gunman has been found dead, deputies say.

The Sheriff's Office says it received calls about a home invasion just before 7:30 p.m. Saturday, near Eighth and Denver avenues -- 11 miles north of Hanford.

Officials say the homeowner got home and saw a man inside, standing in the window, with a rifle.

The homeowner told deputies he didn't know the man.

"Some words were exchanged, the homeowner fled to his car and took off... a shot was fired," said Sgt. Nate Ferrier.

The Kings County SWAT team and air unit assisted in surrounding the property.

A standoff took place for several hours, during which gunfire was exchanged between the armed man and deputies.

Deputies were in constant communication with the suspect during the standoff.

Deputies say the gunman was hit at least once by gunfire -- but it's unclear if it was self-inflicted.

According to officials, gas was also put into the home in an attempt to get the man outside.

On Sunday morning, a robot was sent into the home and found the gunman dead.

The investigation is ongoing, and law enforcement is still on scene. You're asked to avoid the area.

Stay with ABC30 for the latest details on this developing story.