MERCED COUNTY – Authorities rescued a woman and children who were being held hostage by a man armed with a knife early Sunday morning.
The incident happened at about 3:00am in the community of Dos Palos. Deputies were called to a home on the 1300 block of Ida Street for a report of a man threatening to stab a woman and her children in the neck.
Arriving deputies found the woman and children in a bedroom, and the suspect was pacing a hallway outside armed with two kitchen knives. The man made threats to attack the women and her children if deputies made entry.
Communication was made with the hostages and suspect through a locked window. Deputies urged the suspect to drop the knives and let the hostages go, but the armed man ignored them. After an hour of negotiating the suspect made entry into the bedroom where deputies fired on him through the window.
Authorities made entry into the home and rescued the woman and children, and began performing life saving efforts on the suspect. Medical personnel arrived and the he was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Authorities have not released the identity of the suspect pending positive identification and notification of next of kin.
Fire Damages Turlock Home
TURLOCK – A home suffered significant damage Sunday night during a fire.
The fire was dispatched at about 11:45pm. Several fire crews responded to the fire at the home on the 1000 block of South Johnson Road. Firefighters reported a visible column of smoke as they responded to the scene.
Arriving firefighters reported heavy fire from the second floor of the home. Crews from Denair and Turlock Rural Fire Departments responded to the scene.
A second alarm was called shortly before midnight for additional resources.
At time of publication a cause and damage estimate was not available.
Schools Locked Down for Suspect Search
MODESTO – Two schools were placed on lockdown during a search for a suspect Friday afternoon.
The incident happened at about 1:00pm when a Stanislaus County Sheriff Deputy noticed a vehicle that had been reported stolen on Dallas Street near Glenn Avenue. The driver of the stolen vehicle appeared to be talking to someone in the area, according to officials at the scene.
The driver ran away on foot as deputies made their approach. The man jumped fences through a yard and fled into an alleyway. The Stanislaus Sheriff Air Unit spotted the man making his way into a yard on Las Vegas Street.
Bret Harte Elementary and Hanshaw Middle School were placed on lockdown as a search team was organized. Within a few minutes the man was located hiding under a vehicle and quickly detained without incident.
By 2:00pm the lockdowns were lifted. No injuries were reported.
Stockton Police Investigate Fatal Shooting
STOCKTON – Police investigated the fatal shooting of a man in broad daylight Tuesday afternoon.
At about 3:30pm Officers responded to the 900 block of Porter Avenue for a report of a shooting. A 29 year old man was found at the scene suffering from at least one gunshot wound. He was taken by ambulance to a hospital where he died from his injuries.
Residents in the area reported hearing a gunshot shortly before police arrived.
Porter Avenue was closed by authorities while detectives responded to investigate the case. No suspect information or motive was available Tuesday night.
Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact police at (209) 937-8377 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600 where callers can remain anonymous.
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