Clinton Avenue closed during central Fresno police standoff

The Fresno BeeMay 28, 2014 

A section of Clinton Avenue in central Fresno was closed Wednesday evening after a standoff between police and a man who was threatening to kill himself and his family, police said.

Police were dispatched to the 900 block of East Clinton Avenue after receiving calls that Lee Thompson, 47, was telling separate parties he was going to kill his family. Described by callers as a known drug user who had recently been acting erratically, police said on their arrival they found Thompson in his home, which was known to have several rifles inside.

Officers set a perimeter around the house and ordered Thompson to come outside with his hands in the air. After a 30-minute standoff, Thompson surrendered. During the standoff, Clinton Avenue was closed.

During a search of Thompson's home, officers found five rifles that were later booked as evidence, police said.

He was booked in Fresno County Jail for making terrorist threats and was also taken to Community Regional Medical Center for a 72-hour evaluation.

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