Madera Man with Active Arrest Warrant Nabbed After Firing Shots Into The Air
Photo: Liverato Zavala
Corporal Matt Kutz and Detective Richard Gutierrez drove to a home on the 17000 block of Avenue 12 in Madera County to investigate a report of shots fired.
Witnesses told them of their neighbor firing a small, semi-automatic handgun recklessly into the air not 20 feet from them. The suspect, 45-year old Liverato Zavala, took shelter in his home when he saw deputies pull up.
Supporting Madera County Sheriff deputies arrived on scene including Sergeant Mark Stritzel and Deputy Marcos Plascencia who created a perimeter around the Zavala’s home. Instructions in Spanish and English were communicated to Zavala requesting his peaceful exit from the home.
For several hours, Zavala refused to surrender and Madera County Sheriff’s Office Quick Response Team was granted a search warrant for the home.
The SWAT Team was called into assist in the serving of the warrant. During the search, Zavala was found outside the home using a large ivy bush near a window to conceal himself. He was handcuffed without further resistance, ending the 6-hour standoff.
Evidence of unlawful discharge of a firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition by a felon was found during the home search. Illegal marijuana growth was also taking place, adding to Zavala’s charges, who turned also turned out to have an active warrant for his arrest for charges unrelated to this incident.
Zavala was booked into the Madera County Department of Corrections on 06/10/2019 where he remains as of the time of this writing.
Photo from MCSO