A suspect was taken into custody Thursday morning, ending a 10-hour standoff with police in central Fresno that blocked part of Blackstone Avenue.
Paul Mesa, 46, was taken down by a police dog about 7:50 a.m. inside Philippine Mini Mart, Fresno police Lt. Joe Gomez said. Mesa was taken to a hospital for treatment of non-lethal wounds.
Mesa had a long list of convictions, Gomez said, including three warrants for possession of narcotics, assault of an officer and violation of parole. Gomez said he will be charged with making terrorist threats.
The standoff began around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday when officers received a call of shots being fired inside the market at 2236 N. Blackstone Ave. The caller said a man and woman had been seen inside the market arguing when two to three shots were heard.
Officers found Mesa barricaded inside the market. Gomez said Mesa had used a chain to tie the doors together. When officers approached the market, they heard more shots and backed off immediately, forming a barricade and shutting down Blackstone Avenue from Clinton to Weldon avenues, northwest of Fresno City College.
When officers got closer once again, Mesa threatened to shoot them, Gomez said, and a police SWAT team was called in.
Officers had been negotiating with Mesa since 9:30 p.m. and, at one point, used a robot to speak to Mesa directly. By 7:30 a.m., officers decided to use the dog to apprehend Mesa and did so successfully, Gomez said.
Gomez said the suspect may have been under the influence of drugs and may also suffer from mental issues. Officers did not find a weapon in Mesa’s possession but did find bullets and were searching the market for more evidence.
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