Gunman Surrenders After Chase and Standoff

A standoff with an armed gunman ended peacefully yesterday when authorities arrested a validated gang member in the Arden Arcade area. Marv...

A standoff with an armed gunman ended peacefully yesterday when authorities arrested a validated gang member in the Arden Arcade area. Marvin BARKSDALE, 22, was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail earlier this morning, where he is being held on numerous felony charges stemming from the incident.

On May 6, 2011, at approximately 5:24p.m., Sheriff’s deputies responded to the area of Fulton Avenue and Hurley Way to assist the California Highway Patrol with a vehicle pursuit. A CHP officer was attempting to stop a vehicle, driven by BARKSDALE, for traffic violations. BARKSDALE failed to yield to the officer, and led him on a short chase northbound on Fulton Avenue from that location.

BARKSDALE continued northbound on Fulton Avenue to Arden Way, where he encountered traffic stopped at a red light at that intersection. At that point, BARKSDALE, the sole occupant of the vehicle, exited the car and fled on foot in a northwest direction. BARKSDALE left the vehicle in gear, and it continued rolling forward, eventually striking another vehicle and causing property damage to it. As BARKSDALE ran from the car, the CHP officer could clearly see BARKSDALE holding a handgun as he was running away.

BARKSDALE ignored commands to stop, and ran through a car dealership at Arden Way and Fulton Avenue, then continued toward a nearby business in the 2500 block of Arden Way. With the CHP officer in foot pursuit, BARKSDALE continued into the Arden Audio installation shop located at 2505 Arden Way. Employees who were working in the business at the time saw BARKSDALE enter, and they quickly retreated out from the location.

Sheriff’s deputies and California Highway Patrol officers quickly descended upon the area, and established perimeter containment around the business where BARKSDALE entered. The determination was made that the Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Detail (SED) and Critical Incident Negotiations Team (CINT) be deployed to the location.

Over the next two hours, officers attempted to get BARKSDALE to exit the business and surrender. A portion of Arden Way was closed to through traffic, and numerous PA announcements made into the business to get BARKSDALE to surrender were unsuccessful.

At approximately 8:15p.m., the Sheriff’s SED team was put into place outside the Arden Audio business. The team made a tactical entry into the location, and soon discovered BARKSDALE attempting to hide on top of an interior office located within the business. BARKSDALE surrendered at that time without further incident. A search of the location yielded a loaded semi-automatic handgun that was wrapped in a T-shirt inside the office upon which BARKSDALE had been hiding. BARKSDALE was arrested, and given to the custody of the California Highway Patrol. No other individuals were inside the business at the time, and no law enforcement officers or citizens were injured during this entire incident.

BARKSDALE was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail, and faces charges that include felony evasion of a peace officer, resisting or obstructing a peace officer, felony hit and run with property damage, brandishing a firearm, and driving under the influence.

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