Madera County Man Reportedly Barricaded Himself in Home and Burned It Down
The Madera County Sheriff’s Office has released details regarding an incident in the area of Avenue 16 earlier this week.
According to a press release by the Sheriff’s Office, a call was made to the Madera County Sheriff’s Communications Center on the evening of Tuesday, May 2, reporting a suspicious person acting erratically at a property on the 27000 block of Avenue 16 in Madera. Deputies responded to the scene and encountered an adult male armed with a rifle. The individual retreated into the primary residence on the property and refused demands to come back outside.
Around 10 PM, deputies reportedly observed the man deliberately starting a fire inside the residence. Emergency services including CALFIRE, Madera PD, and EMS were dispatched to the area. The fire ultimately consumed the structure in which the man had barricaded himself. After the fire was completely extinguished, law enforcement officials discovered a deceased individual inside the structure.
The identification of the deceased is being withheld pending formal identification and notification of next of kin, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The fire caused significant damage to multiple residences on the property, displacing several individuals. The Madera County Sheriff’s Office is collaborating with the American Red Cross to provide support and accommodations for those affected.
The Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division is actively processing the scene and conducting an investigation into the incident. As of now, detectives have not been made aware of any other fatalities or major injuries related to the incident. The suspect, reported as a resident on the property but not of the house where he barricaded himself, was found to be in possession of a realistic replica firearm.
Witness statements indicate that the replica firearm was used in an attempt to rob the occupants of the residence during the initial disturbance and later pointed at deputies before the fire was started.
The investigation is ongoing, and the Sheriff’s Office will keep the public informed as it progresses.