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Police make arrest in shotgun discharging

David Foster, 20, comes out of his residence in the 300 block of Syrah Saturday afternoon with officers' guns trained on him after complaints of shots fired in the neighborhood.

GLENN KAHL/The Bulletin

POSTED January 3, 2010 1:40 a.m.

Discharging a shotgun in a residential neighborhood sent a 20-year-old David Foster to county jail Saturday afternoon.

Manteca Police officers Kirk Doty and Mike Espinosa first responded to a call of shots fired on Mission Ridge Drive between Syrah and Alicante courts at about 2 p.m.   As they arrived in the area directly west of the Wal Mart Shopping Center off Mission Ridge Drive each reported hearing more shots and called for backup.

Sgt. Jody Estarziau positioned officers at the corners of both courts and waited for more gunfire.  One shot was heard in the direction of a back yard at the corner of Alicante, but police quickly changed their focus to a house in the 300 block of Syrah Court where the shooter was holed up.

Police went to the aid of a neighbor and her young daughter who they escorted away from the suspect’s home and let them sit in a patrol car during their attempt to bring the man out of his house.  When it appeared that it might be a lengthy standoff, swing shift officers were called in early to cover the rest of the city’s calls.  All four day shift officers plus the sergeant were on the scene in response to the shootings.

Foster refused orders to come out of the residence until he was contacted on the telephone by Officer Shawn Cavin telling him police might have to send in the SWAT team to get him out.    As he exited his home, with his hand raised over his head, he threw his keys into the rain gutter above the door from where police quickly retrieved them.  He was taken down to the ground at gunpoint, cuffed, and led off to a patrol car while exchanging words with officers.   Police later confiscated his shotgun from the residence and took it into evidence.

Foster was charged with one count of the felony discharge of a firearm within the city limits.  Officers said he was believed to have been shooting from an open door of his residence possibly into the air and getting serious attention of the nearby neighbors.

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