Deputy Sheriff Robert Paris was shot and killed According to CBS San Francisco, the deputy was serving an eviction notice at an apartment at the Whispering Woods development in Modesto when the gunman opened fire. A neighbor who asked not to be named said she heard at least 30 gunshots.
The shooting led to a standoff with a suspect believed holed up inside an apartment at the Whispering Woods development in Modesto.
Late Thursday, the apartment erupted in flames with the suspect still believed to be inside. It’s not known what sparked the blaze, but authorities said they had not deployed any devices that could have started the fire.
More than 100 law enforcement officers from the Central Valley were on the scene. FBI and SWAT teams surrounded the building and some residents were evacuated. Authorities fired flash grenades and tear gas in the area.
The incident began about 11 a.m. when two Stanislaus County deputies went to the north Modesto home to deliver the notice, said Sheriff Adam Christianson, who called the incident “another dark day” for law enforcement in California.
“One of my valued members of my team is dead,” Christianson said. “I am overwhelmingly frustrated that we don’t have the sufficient resources to protect the community.”
Stanislaus County sheriff’s officials say Deputy Robert Paris was killed. The 53-year-old Paris was a 16-year veteran of the department. Officials say Deputy Paris is survived by his parents, a brother and two adult children. Deputy Robert Paris EOW Thursday, April 12, 2012, gone but never forgotten.