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Parolee surrenders in lengthy motel standoff
Motel standoff
Modesto parolee Shane Smith, 43, was arrested Saturday afternoon after an hours-long standoff with Ceres Police. Smith brandished a gun at the motel manager and barricaded himself in his room.

A 43-year-old Modesto man who was on parole for homicide, barricaded himself in a Ceres motel Saturday during a standoff with Ceres Police Department.

Hours late police later arrested Shane Smith, 43, of Modesto.

Staff at the Howard Johnson Express Motel in the 1600 block of Herndon Road called police at 2:18 p.m. because Smith had pointed a gun at the manager who confronted him for occupying the room past checkout time. Smith held the gun on the manager and told him to leave.

Police learned Smith’s identity and his criminal record.

Officers attempted to communicate with Smith through various means, however he didn’t respond. Police approached the room and saw Smith pointing his gun in their direction so they retreated and continued attempts to coax him into surrendering.

Police evacuated occupants of the surrounding rooms for their safety as members of the Modesto Special Weapons and Tactics team arrived to assist Ceres Police.

Smith refused to come out of the room after several hours until chemical agents were shot into the room which caused him to come out and surrender.

Smith was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, resisting and delaying law enforcement and violating the terms of his parole.