Man killed in Kings County SWAT standoff identified

An armed man who was shot and killed in a standoff with a SWAT team in rural Kings County has been identified as 76-year-old Visalia resident Albert Hanson Jr.

No new details of the Sunday afternoon incident were released Tuesday, and the case remains under investigation, the Kings County Sheriff’s Department said.

About 11 a.m. Sunday, a farmer saw a man in a Ford Bronco parked on a canal bank in the area of Seventh and Kansas avenues, just east of Highway 43 halfway between Hanford and Corcoran.

A farmworker checked on him and saw that he had two rifles and was making statements that caused him to fear for his safety, Assistant Sheriff Robert Thayer said.

The sheriff’s department was called about 3:30 p.m. and the SWAT team was called out.

They saw Hanson holding a rifle with a scope, Thayer said. While waiting for a negotiator to arrive, Hanson fired a bullet and SWAT team members opened fire, Thayer said.

Hanson died at the scene.