Police: Hostage situation in Exeter ends peacefully

The Fresno BeeFebruary 26, 2014 

Officers on a roof, center, help surround a two-story house in Exeter where there is an apparent hostage situation Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, law enforcement officials said.


12:20 p.m.: A man in his mid-20s surrendered to authorities and walked out of an Exeter home about noon Wednesday, Exeter Police Chief Cliff Bush said.

He was identified as Michael Sanchez.

About 8:30 am police got a call that Sanchez had fired a crossbow arrow at his mother. She was not hurt.

Police surrounded the home and called Tulare County Sheriff Office's SWAT team for help.

In the home with Sanchez was his girlfriend and her children, who are age 4 or younger.

No shots were fired and no one was hurt , Bush said.

As of 12:20 p.m., the home was being cleared by officers, Bush said, but the hostage situation is over.

Original story: Tulare County sheriff's deputies and Exeter police have a home surrounded in Exeter in an apparent hostage situation Wednesday.

Using a bullhorn, deputies are ordering someone to come out with their hands up, but have not received cooperation.

Deputies have set up a command center on Sequoia Street near Kaweah Avenue.

The suspect is holed up in a building behind El Taco Man restaurant.

This story will be updated.

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