A man was detained by Clovis police after an 11-hour standoff in an apartment building south of the Clovis Rodeo Grounds Tuesday.
The suspect was later identified as Evan Wooten, 33. Police said he was being treated at a hospital, adding that charges are pending. A police K-9 unit apprehended him as he hid in the apartment’s attic, police said.
Clovis police said the incident began about 8:30 a.m. when officers received a 911 call requesting to check on the welfare of a person in an apartment near Jefferson and Music avenues.
The rodeo grounds were evacuated while police negotiated with Wooten, who was suspected of stabbing a woman and holding her hostage. Police rescued the woman Tuesday afternoon, and she was taken to a hospital for treatment of a stab wound, but the suspect refused to come out.
Police evacuated the building where the suspect was holed up. They also closed Jefferson Avenue between Sunnyside and Clovis avenues.
Police said the department’s SWAT and crisis negotiation teams were assisted by the Fresno Police Department K-9s and the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office.
Police found a black pellet gun and a knife during a search of the apartment. Wooten was charged with several felonies, including kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon.