Police: Machete-armed man shot by officers in Ceres

etracy@modbee.comFebruary 4, 2013 

At least one shot was fired by Ceres police tonight at a home in the 2400 block of Pine Ridge Drive, striking a man who was taken away by ambulance.

ERIN TRACY/ETRACY@MODBEE.COM

— A Ceres man was shot and wounded by police Monday night when he threatened officers with a machete.

Officers arrived at the home, in the 2400 block of Pine Ridge Drive, about 7:46 p.m. in response to a "security check" call by a couple who reside there with their 34-year-old son.

The son has mental health problems, and this was the second time this year Ceres police have been called to the home, said Sgt. Jose Berber, who added there have been other calls in the past.

The parents let two officers into the home, Berber said, and as they approached the son, he armed himself with a machete.

An officer fired a beanbag round at the man, but he continued to approach, so both officers fired their guns, Berber said.

The man, whose identity was not released, was hit at least once, in the arm, Berber said, and retreated into his bedroom. The officers quickly followed and were able to take him into custody.

The man's wound was not life-threatening and he was taken by ambulance to a hospital, Berber said. As the incident was unfolding, two members of the Ceres police SWAT team arrived at the scene and helped evacuate adjacent residences.

Police were investigating the incident and obtaining a search warrant.

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