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June 4, 2014

Lawsuit over locksmith’s death in Modesto ambush postponed

A lawsuit stemming from a 2012 ambush in Modesto that killed a deputy sheriff and a locksmith will be postponed from April to August 2015.

A lawsuit stemming from a 2012 ambush in Modesto that killed a deputy sheriff and a locksmith will be postponed from April to August 2015.

Some parties to the case have changed lawyers, who need time to get up to speed on complex issues, all parties said in documents filed with the federal court in Fresno.

Deputy Bob Paris, 53, and locksmith Glendon Engert, 35, were killed by assault rifle bullets fired from inside a Chrysler Drive fourplex during a foreclosure eviction. The shootings sparked an overnight standoff with authorities, ending in an inferno and gunman Jim Ferrario’s suicide.

The case was brought by Engert’s widow and parents against Stanislaus County and officials with the Sheriff’s Department, whose management and officers failed to prepare for violence after receiving pointed warnings about the distraught occupant’s instability and military-grade weapons, the lawsuit claims.

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