DOS PALOS – The Merced County Sheriff’s Office has identified the suspect involved in a deputy involved shooting that occurred early Sunday morning.
Authorities say a call was received from a woman stating the male suspect was inside her home trying to stab her and her three children.
That suspect was identified as 27 year old Manuel Castro from Dos Palos.
According to authorities Castro was pacing in the hallway with kitchen knives in each hand. He also had his girlfriend and three children trapped in a bedroom.
After deputies made several attempts to negotiate with Castro, he picked up a third knife, continuing threats toward his girlfriend and three children.
45 minutes after negotiating with Castro, he refused to let the children out. Authorities say after counting down from five to one, Castro walked toward a corner where his girlfriend and three kids were hiding still holding the knives.
Fearing for the safety of the woman and children, deputies shot Castro.
After the shooting police made entry into the house and were able to safely get the girlfriend and children out.
Deputies also began life saving measures on Castro but he later died at the scene.
Authorities are working to assist the woman and children with counseling and housing.
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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