Suspect barricaded inside Save Mart in northeast Fresno after deputy-involved shooting

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — A standoff in northeast Fresno is now stretching into its eleventh hour, with a suspect barricaded inside a Save Mart grocery store.

It all began at about 7 pm on Thursday in the parking lot of the River Park shopping center.

An off-duty deputy was in the parking lot outside Macy’s when they noticed three people who were wanted in connection to a robbery.

VIDEO: Latest on hours-long standoff with suspect at northeast Fresno Save Mart

The deputy called for backup.

When the suspects saw the deputies closing in, two of them ran back into the Macy’s store. They were later taken into custody.

The third suspect hopped in a car.

Sheriff’s officials said they tried to stop the car, but the suspect crashed into several squad cars.

One deputy ended up shooting at the suspect, but the suspect still managed to escape.

Authorities chased the suspect down Nees Avenue toward First Street. That’s when the suspect got out of the car and ran into the Save Mart grocery store.

VIDEO: Drone footage shows officers surrounding Fresno Save Mart

The store was quickly evacuated. Officials said the suspect was the only person that remained inside.

“The good news is we have no one in the public injured, none of our deputies are injured, and so the primary priority right now is getting this guy into custody,” said Tony Botti, spokesperson for the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office.

Law enforcement says they’re hoping this can come to a peaceful resolution.

Multiple agencies were surrounding the store Friday morning.

Clovis Unified officials said Kastner Intermediate School, which is located down the street from the grocery store, will be on a two-hour delay due to the heavy law enforcement presence in the area.

That includes all drop-off, walk-in and school bus arrivals. Zero period classes held before the school’s regular start time are also cancelled.

District officials said they will continue to update parents on the school’s start-time as more information becomes available from law enforcement.

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