Thursday , April 18 2024

Man Surrenders to Police After 11-Hour Standoff

Neighbors in an area of Porterville are breathing a sigh of relief Saturday night after a violent 11-hour standoff between a gang member and local law enforcement comes to an end. Anselmo Solorio, 34-years old, was arrested on Saturday morning by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department on 14 charges of attempted murder and violating parole. Deputies said he shot at officers starting from 8pm Friday night to 7am Saturday morning, before finally surrendering.

“It’s too close, too close for comfort,” said a neighbor.

It’s not everyday the SWAT team parks in front of your house. For the residents who live on the 900 block of Lime Street, many said Friday night’s standoff was like a scene out of a movie.

Dakota Trammell, another neighbor, said, “I was kinda scared that bullets were gonna come through one of the windows. And like the first shot sounded like it was right outside of my bedroom.”

Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux said the scene began after deputies from their gang unit went to Solorio’s house to conduct a parole check on him. The known gang member was suspected of having weapons in the house. Boudreaux said Solorio refused to come out, instead shooting at officers from a bedroom.

Boudreaux said, “Fortunately in this case, none of the officers were injured, and the suspect in this case was not injured.”

The Sheriff said about five adults, including two elderly women were in the house at the time of the standoff. Solorio’s brother was shot in the face by one of the flying bullets from Solorio’s weapon. Sheriff’s Department said he’s expected to be okay.

Some neighbors said Solorio and his family kept to themselves, but he was known to wave hello from time to time.

Jesse Herrera, who lives near Solorio said, “Well I know him pretty good when he was a kid. He seemed like a nice little kid, he didn’t have any problems.”

The Sherrif’s Department said Solorio did suffer a wound to his elbow, but he told police he may have accidentally shot himself.

As of Saturday night, Solorio was in custody under a million dollars bail.

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