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Parolee wanted police to shoot him in theft incident
David Davis
David Davis

A 47-year-old parolee was arrested Friday morning after he was caught trying to steal a pickup in a Central Avenue garage and then picked up a knife in a “suicide by cop” attempt.

David Davis, 47, was not shot by police but surrendered after a two-hour standoff with police. He was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of burglary, vehicle tampering, resisting arrest and violation of parole.

The incident began at 7:18 a.m. when Ceres Police officer responded to a report of a male who had broken into a garage in the 1600 block of Central Avenue and stole items. Officers Davis caught Davis inside a gray-colored Chevrolet pickup attempting to steal it. Officers confronted Davis who barricaded himself inside the vehicle and threatened officers with a knife suggesting he wanted officers to shoot him.

The Ceres SWAT team, along with the Crisis Negotiation Team, was activated. Davis spoke to a negotiator for over two hours before he surrendered.