A man barricaded himself in his house Sunday after reportedly firing a shot at a woman, and held police at bay for three hours until he finally surrendered.
The incident started at 11:47 a.m. when a woman called Ceres Police dispatchers to say she had been shot at inside a home in the 3400 block of Brown Avenue and that she fled to a nearby park. She told police that Robert Ervan Whitt, 67, of Ceres, had been drinking before the two began arguing. He reportedly pulled out a handgun and fired it. She was able to run out and call 911.
Officers went to home and contacted an unarmed Whitt who came out to look around at the police and went back inside. It was the start of a three-hour standoff that involved Ceres Police SWAT and crisis negotiators along with the Sheriff Department’s helicopter and Modesto Police Department’s drone. Neighbors were evacuated while police tried to get Whitt to surrender. He finally came out at approximately 3:30 p.m.
No one was injured during the incident.
Investigators are currently investigating this incident as an assault with a deadly weapon.
Anyone with information related to this incident are asked to contact Detective Bryan Ferreira at 538-5616.