Man facing prison ends standoff with Fresno police

The Fresno BeeFebruary 19, 2014 

A man identified as William Murphy surrendered to officers after a standoff in central Fresno Wednesday, Feb. 19. Police said Murphy had been sentenced to prison for armed robbery.


Fresno police defused a tense standoff Wednesday morning, Feb. 19, 2014, convincing a man who faces a 21-year prison term to surrender to officers.

The incident happened about 9:30 a.m. in the 4000 block of North Effie Street, near Dakota and Blackstone avenues. Sgt. Tim Tietjen said the man, William Murphy, had been sentenced for armed robbery.

Tactical officers from the Career Criminal Auto Theft Team surrounded an apartment complex where Murphy was barricaded with a female companion. After some negotiations, Murphy and the woman surrendered.

It wasn't clear whether the woman would be charged in connection with the standoff.

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