Modesto man holds police at bay for 5 hours

A five-hour standoff between police and a felon reportedly armed with a sawed-off shotgun ended peacefully in east Modesto early Monday morning, with the man surrendering to authorities.

Police arrested Jeffrey Walker, 39, of Modesto on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm, and on suspicion of possessing an illegal weapon, said police spokesman Sgt. Brian Findlen.

Walker also was wanted on two warrants, one for domestic violence and one for assault with a deadly weapon.

Callers to 911 reported a fight and shots fired about 7:30 p.m. near Haddon Avenue and Riverside Drive.

Callers said they saw a man matching Walker's description running from the scene of the fight with a gun.

No one was injured in the incident, police said.

Police traced Walker to a house in the 2300 block of Viola Street, one block east of El Vista Avenue.

When officers arrived at the house, Walker refused to come out, telling authorities that he had been to jail before and didn't want to go back.

Other people inside the house evacuated the residence, leaving Walker inside alone with the shotgun. Modesto police's Critical Incident unit and Special Weapons and Tactics team responded to the scene.

Police surrounded the area, sealing off traffic within a one-block radius.

Negotiators talked to Walker for hours, "trying to convince him that there's really nothing to gain by refusing to come out or surrender himself," Findlen said.

Walker came out of the house and was arrested about 12:40 a.m.

"The good thing is he did ultimately make the right decision to come out," Findlen said.

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Bee staff writer Leslie Albrecht can be reached at or 578-2378.