The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department received a call on the 4th of July about a man that was possibly suicidal. According to Sheriff’s spokesman Royjindar Singh, initial reports stated that the man was armed with a gun and attempted to harm himself. Several deputies were responding to the scene on Verduga Road between East Avenue and Hawkeye Avenue in Turlock. Two deputies got on scene and the male subject fired a round at the deputies, who then returned fire. The man went back into the house and the deputies retreated for cover.
Singh stated that a call for deputy assistance went out after the exchange of gunfire. Family members that were once in the house with the armed man were able to leave and were interviewed by law enforcement. The family members told deputies that the man was had multiple weapons.
Officers from throughout the county responded to the scene including those from Turlock, Ceres, Livingston, Gustine, Newman, Modesto, the California Highway Patrol, and the Stanislaus and Merced Sheriff’s Departments.
Multiple agencies from Stanislaus County deployed their SWAT teams to the scene while the Stanislaus Sheriff’s helicopter flew overhead.
The house was surrounded and everyone had been accounted for but law enforcement had not made contact with the man who shot at deputies.
“We’re taking all steps necessary to protect ourselves and make sure the situation comes to an end safely,” stated Singh while on scene initially.
After about a 3 1/2 hour standoff, the body of a male was found on the property as SWAT teams completed their searches.
“He did have a gunshot wound on him but we’re not sure if they were self-inflicted yet or if they were caused during the exchange of gunfire,” stated Singh.
Singh went on to state that the identity of the male subject found dead on scene has not been identified as the suspect in the shooting at deputies but the Stanislaus Sheriff’s Department is not looking for any other suspects at this time. An autopsy was scheduled for today to confirm the cause of death and identity of the man.
Detectives remained on scene for several more hours conducting their investigation. Singh could not confirm if the initial reports of the man having multiple weapons were accurate or not.
It is unknown what the male subject’s motives were for having suicidal thoughts or for shooting at the deputies.
“The investigation is on-going,” stated Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson.
In response to all the resources used during the incident, Sheriff Christianson said, “The response to this critical incident was measured and appropriate based upon the suspect’s actions and choice to fire upon our deputy sheriffs.”