Update: Parolee points gun at police, leads to hours-long standoff at Ceres motel

Modesto Bee file
·1 min read

A Modesto man on parole for a violent crime held police at bay for several hours Saturday at a Ceres motel after pointing a gun at officers.

Ab about 2:18 p.m., Ceres police officers were dispatched to the Howard Johnson Express motel in the 1600 block of Herndon Road on a report that a room occupant brandished a firearm at the manager.

The manager of the motel was checking rooms that should have been vacated, according to a news release Sunday from the Ceres Police Department. When the manager found the occupant still in the room after checkout time, the man — later identified as Shane Smith, 43 — pointed a gun at the manager.

Responding officers tried various means to to communicate with Smith, who would not respond. Officers approached the room but backed away when they saw Smith pointing a firearm in their direction, the news release said.

The Modesto Police Department SWAT team arrived on scene to help with the situation. Surrounding rooms in the motel were evacuated.

The standoff lasted for several hours, and Ceres Sgt. Keith Griebel said all lanes of Highway 99 were closed for about an hour as a safety precaution.

When tear gas was deployed into the room, Smith came out almost immediately, Modesto police Lt. Joe Bottoms told The Bee. Police wrapped up their work at the scene at about 7:30, he said.

After Smith surrendered, he was arrested for resisting and delaying law enforcement, a parole violation, and assault with a deadly weapon, the news release said. He was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center.