Man's body found in Modesto home burned beyond recognition
Police on Saturday were trying to identify the burned corpse of a man found in a Modesto home set afire after a sheriff's deputy and another man were fatally shot while serving an eviction notice.
Detectives believe the body is that of the gunman, who was being evicted from his home when the violence began. The body was burned beyond recognition, officials said.
The deputy, 16-year veteran Robert Paris, and a locksmith accompanying him, identified by the Stanislaus County coroner's office as Glendon Engert, 35, of Modesto, were killed when a gunman opened fire as authorities attempted to evict him from his apartment.
Coroner’s spokeswoman Lisa Niff said an autopsy would be performed on Engert's body Friday, but could provide no additional details about the victim.
Officials believe the gunman also died sometime Thursday in the midst of a 12-hour standoff, the Modesto Bee reports. By around 10 p.m., flames began pouring from the top of the building; the fire was extinguished by about 2 a.m, the paper said.
CBS13 in Sacramento reported Friday that Engert was a locksmith who was helping Paris carry out the eviction. Engert's family confirmed to the Associated Press that the man was an independent locksmith who had been called out to change the locks.
The standoff began around 11 a.m. Thursday and continued late into the night. Around 9 p.m., the Bee reported, six SWAT officers rushed the apartment while officers used loudspeakers to communicate with a man they called Jimmy.
-- Matt Stevens and Shelby Grad
Photo: Police swarm the scene of the shooting and fire in Modesto. Credit: Fox 40