The man who was fatally shot by sheriff’s deputies during a Madera County standoff Thursday and a wanted suspect were identified Friday by the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office.
Gilbert Jake Vanderburgh, 61, was shot by a deputy after brandishing a rifle during the hourlong standoff.
The confrontation began when Kyle Patrick Snipes, 29, of Friant, ran from authorities after they followed him driving a stolen car. Members of the Help Eliminate Auto Theft Task Force (HEAT) had followed him into Madera County.
Snipes ran toward a house in the 49000 block of Road 210 near Fine Gold at around 4 a.m. and deputies surrounded it.
Authorities identified themselves to Vanderburgh, who lived in the house, but he refused to surrender. Vanderburgh pointed a rifle out of a window at the deputies, and a deputy fired two shots, killing him, authorities said.
The Madera County Sheriff’s SWAT team searched the house, but Snipes was not inside.
Snipes is still being sought, and authorities said he should be considered armed and dangerous.
He is described as white, 6 feet 3 inches tall, 220 pounds, blond hair and blue eyes. He has several visible tattoos and was last seen wearing a black tank top, beige or blue shorts and may have a cut on his forehead.
Snipes is also a parolee at large who is wanted on robbery charges and has an active warrant for narcotics violations.
|Chowchilla News Day
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