A Madera County man was arrested after an overnight standoff with Merced and Madera County sheriff’s deputies and SWAT officers.
The standoff began after a domestic dispute in Merced County escalated into shots fired about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. The assailant then fled to a home near Red Top Market at Highway 152 and Road 4 in Madera County. About 3 a.m. Thursday, Madera County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the house.
When deputies arrived, they persuaded four men to come out of the house, but the assailant remained inside. After several hours spent trying to convince the suspect to surrender, Madera County’s SWAT team was called and crisis negotiators attempted to talk to the suspect.
When attempts to establish communication failed after a few more hours, tear gas was launched into the home. Suspect Rodrigo Vecerra Fernandez, 26, then walked out of the home. He was arrested on felony charges of terrorist threats and negligent discharge of a firearm. Fernandez also had an arrest warrant for possession of an illegal assault weapon and probation violation.