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By Grant McGee
The Staff of The News 

Police: Standoff ends without injury


Last updated 7/2/2022 at 11:50am

Steve Hansen

Clovis police said no one was injured in a two-hour standoff that followed an attempt to serve warrants.

CLOVIS -- A two-hour standoff with Clovis police ended without injury Thursday in the 1100 block of Hickory Street.

Patrick Burgess, 30, was taken into police custody after officers launched gas canisters into his home. Police went to the home to serve six outstanding warrants against Burgess, but he refused to come outside, Police Lt. Trevor Thron said.

The warrants included charges alleging felon in possession and failure to appear in court, Thron said.

Two unidentified people exited Burgess’ home when police first arrived. Shortly after that, Thron said, the decision was made to bring in the CPD armored vehicle and a Special Weapons and Tactical Team.

About a dozen police vehicles lined the street in front of Burgess’ house while a Clovis police officer called to Burgess through a megaphone, instructing him: “Let’s end this, please call me,” followed by a phone number.

At one point police officers deployed a surveillance robot equipped with video and audio into Burgess’ house before they employed the gas.

Thron said Burgess briefly escaped the home through a side window and attempted to flee the scene on foot but was quickly apprehended and arrested.

Thron said no shots were fired and no one was injured in the incident.

The lieutenant said Thursday was the second time in less than two years Burgess had to be taken into custody with the help of a SWAT team.


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