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Parolee arrested on drugs, weapons charges

Sgt. Curt Gorman concedes things got “a little tense for a moment” Tuesday night but ultimately calmed down when the Merced Police Department’s Gang Violence Suppression Unit officers encountered a parolee holding a gun at the back door of a Kibby Road home.

Gorman said David Solorio, 32, of Merced retreated inside the house and came out unarmed about 10 minutes later, at the urging of police using the public address system on a patrol car.

As police waited outside the house about 10:30 p.m., Gorman said a commotion was heard inside. It is believed Solorio removed a toilet from the drain pipe and may have flushed narcotics down the pipe. He also may have punched a hole in a wall, where officers found the handgun.

Gorman said officers knocked on the front door of the residence and Solorio started to run out the back door but slammed it when he saw officers. A search of the home turned up a half-ounce of cocaine powder, scales, packaging materials, a stun gun and ammunition.

Solorio remained jailed Wednesday afternoon without bail on charges of parole violation, being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, possession and possession for sale of narcotics, resisting arrest and a gang enhancement. The gun was stolen from Weaverville, Gorman said.

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