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Man arrested after allegedly making threats to kill former boss

Jose Paz, 58, of Merced, was arrested Wednesday afternoon after he allegedly threatened to kill his former boss, Deputy Tom MacKenzie, Merced County Sheriff’s Department spokesman, said.

Deputies Adam Leuchner and Frank Swiggart arrested Paz at his rural residence, about three hours after he waved a gun and threatened to kill a Reilly Road farmer who had fired him a year ago. The deputies found a .45-caliber gun on the floorboard of Paz’ pickup, along with two magazines of ammunition in the glove compartment, MacKenzie said.

Paz was booked into Merced County Jail on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a firearm and brandishing a firearm. He remained jailed in lieu of $60,000 bail, MacKenzie said.

- Doane Yawger