A man who allegedly stole a shotgun and fired it three times near the border of northeast Fresno and Clovis was arrested Thursday without incident, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said.
Around 12:45 p.m., a homeowner in the 2600 block of Birch Avenue, an unincorporated county island near Herndon and Willow avenues, called to report that a suspicious person was looking into the property, sheriff’s spokesman Tony Botti said. Around the same time, someone in a Fresno neighborhood reported a man of similar appearance nearby.
Soon after, a homeowner living near Willow and Spruce avenues reported that he saw the man, later identified as John Vann, 46, walking on his property, holding a rifle or shotgun, Botti said. The homeowner then spoke with his neighbor, who told him his shotgun had been stolen from his property.
Fresno and Clovis police were also on scene providing assistance, Botti said. Officers were at Chestnut, Alluvial, Herndon and Willow avenues to create a perimeter around the block.
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The homeowner called authorities a second time to report his neighbor’s shotgun was stolen and that Vann might be carrying it, Botti said. A blast was then heard in the area, and the man was spotted in a field north of Birch Avenue.
Officers kept an eye on the area and heard two more gunshots, Botti said. Officers then closed in on Vann, and he was arrested without incident. Botti said some of the neighbors said they had seen Vann in the area over the past few weeks and believed he may have been homeless.
Vann had an outstanding warrant on a misdemeanor charge. He will be charged with evading arrest, petty theft, discharging a firearm in public and possibly other offenses, Botti said.