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5-hour SWAT standoff

Wife flees for life from north Manteca home

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POSTED September 6, 2012 12:46 a.m.

SWAT officers surrounded a home on Hoyt Lane near Neil Hafley School Tuesday evening and evacuated about a dozen homes after a woman - fearing she would be shot by her husband - fled with her two small children

Manteca Police patrolmen arrived on the scene in the 1900 block of Hoyt Lane at 6:47 p.m. before the Manteca-Ripon SWAT team was actually called to the residence. Shannon Leon Smith, 38,  refused to come out of the house after police had attempted to establish telephone contact with him.

Lt. Tony Souza said the 25-year-old woman told officers that she had been threatened with a rifle or shotgun when she took her two young boys, ages one and three, in her arms and ran out the front door calling for help after her husband had broken her cell phone.

The home is located on Hoyt Lane, several houses north of Canterbury Lane.

Ripon Police responded to the scene with their armored SWAT truck as officers went door-to-door in the neighborhood and asked for voluntary evacuations of homes within range of the potential shooter.  Three Ripon officers are members of the Manteca-Ripon SWAT team.

The SWAT team made repeated requests over a public address system asking Smith to put down his weapons and come out of the house by the front door.  Some five hours later, at about 11:45 p.m., the man exited into the front yard and was taken into custody by officers without further incident.

Due to the domestic violence situation, officers confiscated five guns from the home ranging from hand guns to long rifles and a shotgun, police said.  Neighbors had been taken to the Neil Hafley School library where many of them were housed for the five-hour standoff, thanks to the courtesy of a school custodian.  Tracy Police Department’s command center bus was provided to the Manteca department and was staged in the school’s parking lot.

Smith was charged with two felonies, terrorist threats and for allegedly inflicting corporal injury to his wife and a misdemeanor charge for allegedly destroying his wife’s cell phone preventing her from calling police.

He was taken to the San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp where he was booked at 4 a.m. with bail set at $203,000.  He is scheduled to appear in the Manteca Branch of the San Joaquin County Superior Court on Friday at 1:30 p.m.

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