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Man sought for firing a number of gunshots
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The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office is currently looking for a man they believe was responsible for firing a number of gunshots on Sunday night in South Manteca. 

Lance Barnes, 44, was listed as the suspect in the emergency response on Division Road that began when a neighbor called the police about somebody firing multiple shots before retreating back into a residence. 

The Lathrop Manteca Fire District and Manteca District Ambulance staged off-scene because of the danger involved in the situation, and according to media reports, deputies announced their rules of engagement before making entry into the house he was believed to be inside. 

After searching the house and a back shop and bedroom, Barnes was not located. 

A request was made to the California Highway Patrol for air support, but the man – who is believed to have been intoxicated at the incident occurred – was not located. 

Rifle shell casings were found at the scene, and while it is unknown if Barnes is armed, a 9 mm handgun was initially reported as missing from the residence. 

According to the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office, the bulletin issued on Sunday night is still in place, but he is currently only being sought for misdemeanor infractions. 

Barnes was initially described as being 6-feet tall and weighing 195 pounds with blond hair and blue eyes and wearing a blue shirt. 

Because the investigation is ongoing, the Sheriff’s Office declined to provide any additional information about the case. 

To contact reporter Jason Campbell email or call 209.249.3544.