Tuolumne County SWAT bashed through a window and tased a domestic violence suspect following an day-long standoff at a home in La Grange on Sunday.
That morning before 10, the Sheriff’s Office received a report that the 35-year-old La Grange man had attacked a female victim, threatened her with an ax and pointed a rifle at her during an argument at their home on Avenida Central, said Sgt. Andrea Benson.
According to a Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office press release, the victim was contacted outside of the home after escaping.
Sheriff’s logs indicated that the man came to the home and locked himself inside after he assaulted her.
It was discovered he was wanted on local warrants for assault with a firearm, false imprisonment and discharging a firearm negligently. The warrants stemmed from an incident at the same location on July 10 when he fired a gun inside the house.
He was known to be in possession of firearms and refused to leave when ordered, Benson said.
Over the next eight hours, the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office Crisis Response Unit, which is comprised of SWAT and crisis negotiators, responded to the home.
Benson said statements and negotiation occurred over the next eight hours. She said statements are not shared with the public to protect the integrity of the case.
At some point in the standoff SWAT broke a window, Benson said.
They later raided the home and fought with the man inside. He was detained after being tased while inside of the home.
Three firearms were found inside: a stolen pistol, a sawed off shotgun and a rifle. There were approximately 14 cartridges and magazines as well as miscellaneous ammunition for the firearms also found, Benson said.
Victor Alfonso Medina was booked on his outstanding warrants, suspicion of inflicting corporal injury, committing a felony while out on bail, threatening crime with the intent to terrorize, possession of ammunition while prohibited, possession of a large capacity magazine, possession of a firearm while restricted by a restraining order and misdemeanor charges false imprisonment, violating a court order to prevent domestic violence and resisting a peace officer.
According to Tuolumne County Jail logs, Medina was booked at 5:58 p.m.
His total bail was set at $170,000.
As of Monday afternoon he remained in the custody of the Tuolumne County Jail.