Officer fires gun at suspect in Ceres

08/25/2013 3:22 PM

08/25/2013 3:22 PM

An officer fired his gun Saturday night after a suspect brandished a gun while trying to run from police, officials said, but no one was struck by gunfire.

The incident began about 7:30 p.m. at a home in the 2500 block of Third Street, just south of East Whitmore Avenue. Ceres police received calls reporting a man firing a handgun into the air in front of the home.

Within two minutes, the first officer arrived at the home and found two men and a women in front of the home. The officer ordered them to get on the ground, but one man failed to comply and moved quickly to the home's front door, according to Deputy Police Chief Mike Borges.

Borges said the officer chased the man and caught up to him at the doorway, then the man reached into his waistband and pulled out a handgun, turning toward the officer.

The officer saw the suspect's handgun and pulled out his own gun, firing at least one shot at the suspect, Borges said. The officer then retreated to find cover and called for additional officers.

Residents in the neighborhood called dispatchers, believing the officer had been shot. No injuries were reported.

Other officers arrived and ordered everyone inside the house to come out. Borges said the officers recovered a handgun inside the home's living room near the front door.

Police detained and questioned four people found at the home, but only the man who police said pulled out the gun had been arrested as of Sunday afternoon.

Ceres police Sgt. Danny Vierra declined to release the name of the man arrested, but he said it's likely that detectives will release the man's name today.

Police also did not release the name of the officer who fired his gun. The officer will be placed on paid administrative leave, which is a common procedure in officer-involved shootings.

Bee staff writer Rosalio Ahumada can be reached at rahumada@modbee.com or (209) 578-2394. Follow him on Twitter @ModBeeCourts.

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