Alexander Higgins
April 16, 2012

A man being evicted from his house shot a deputy and a locksmith and then locked himself inside and was later burned alive after police grenaded the house for an hour.

Police say a man shot a sheriff’s deputy and a locksmith  when they tried to evict him from the  his apartment which was being foreclosed on.

Police say the man then locked himself inside the house resulting in a standoff with police during which police flew flash grenades, tear gas and other concussive explosive devices into the apartment for over an hour in an attempt to force the man out.

The result of the chaos was a fire during the which the man was burned to death.

CNN reports:


  • NEW: A locksmith helping in the eviction process was shot dead, police say
  • NEW: An unidentified body was found inside the burned apartment building
  • NEW: A police officer says authorities are not looking for any suspects in the case
  • A sheriff’s deputy was fatally shot while trying to serve an eviction notice in Modesto

(CNN) — A locksmith hired to help in the process of evicting a California tenant was shot dead, along with the sheriff’s deputy serving the eviction notice, police said Friday.

In addition to the two men shot dead, a lone body has been found inside the charred ruins of the Modesto, California, apartment building, Modesto police Officer Chris Adams told CNN on Friday.

[…]The suspect locked himself into the home after the shootings, starting a standoff that lasted more than 10 hours.

After 10 p.m. local time Thursday, 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 to flush the shooter out, Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson told reporters.


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