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February 5, 2014

One in custody after standoff near Merced College

Officers have taken a man into custody after a standoff with police near Merced College.

A 56-year-old Merced man allegedly fired two shots through a window at his home at a police car Wednesday morning, forcing police to evacuate several homes in the area for a short time.

No injuries were reported.

Garland Daniel was eventually taken into custody by Merced police officers after an hour-long standoff at his home in the 3900 block of Temple Court, two blocks from the west side of Merced Community College.

“I heard a shot come through the front window,” neighbor Cody May said. “He came outside holding the rifle and dropped it, then he picked it up again and went back inside.”

Officers responded at 10:10 a.m. to Daniel’s home after some type of argument between Daniel and his wife, Lt. Andre Matthews said.

“We were called about a possible suicidal man, his family was afraid,” Matthews said. “A woman in the home exited the house and the male closed the door and refused to talk to us.”

Police said alcohol may have been a factor in the incident.

Several houses in the area of Temple Court and University Drive were evacuated during the incident.

Matthews said Daniel became “increasingly agitated” during the stand off and did not pick up his telephone when officers called.

“He showed his rifle through the window and the cops backed off, then more cops showed up with guns,” May said.

May said Daniel came outside with the rifle at least twice, and dropped the rifle on the ground, but picked up again and went back inside.

Concerned family members waited in the area as officers shut down several streets in the neighborhood. They could not be reached for comment following the incident.

During the standoff, at least two shots were fired from inside the home at a patrol vehicle, shattering a front window in Daniel’s home. It was not clear where the rounds landed, police said.

Daniel came back outside with the rifle, dropped it on the ground and walked into the street when police captured him around 11:30 a.m. He was not injured, police said.

He was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault on peace officers and brandishing a firearm at police, both felonies, Matthews said.

As Daniel was escorted to a police vehicle, he told his adult son that he loved him.

Neighbors said Daniel has a recent history of alcohol-related disturbances in the area and police have responded to his home before.

Reporter Rob Parsons can be reached at  (209) 385-2482 or rparsons@mercedsun-star.com.

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