MODESTO, CALIFORNIA – A California sheriff’s deputy serving an eviction notice was shot and killed Thursday along with a civilian who was helping in the eviction, authorities said.
The incident, that occurred in Modesto California, continued late Thursday evening as the alleged shooter barricaded himself into the home and did not leave despite a large blaze erupting there.
The incident started Thursday morning when Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department Robert Paris tried to serve an eviction notice at an apartment. Paris was shot along with the civilian.
“This is a tragic day for law enforcement and public safety,” said Sheriff Adam Christianson. “Deputy Paris paid the ultimate price, sacrificing his life, while protecting and serving the citizens of Stanislaus County.”
Paris, 53, was a 16-year veteran of the department. The name and information on the civilian was not released.
After the shooting, the suspect locked himself into the home, starting a stand off that lasted more than 10 hours.
After 10 p.m local time, a fire erupted from the apartment and flames could be seen shooting from the roof.
The fire ignited after authorities threw flash grenades and tear gas into the apartment to try and flush the shooter out, Christianson told reporters.
The fire was still burning close to midnight and authorities had not located the shooter, Christianson said.