John Banks

John Banks, 61, of Groveland, was shot and injured Saturday in an armed standoff with Tuolumne County Sheriff's deputies after he was accused of holding a woman against her will and beating her for more than a week.

A Groveland man who was accused of beating, kidnapping and threatening a woman was shot Saturday during a standoff with law enforcement.

The Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office said in a news release that the man was taken to a hospital after the shooting and has not been booked into the Tuolumne County Jail for a range of felonies. More than one Sheriff’s deputy is on administrative leave — described as standard procedure — in the wake of the shooting.

The Union Democrat sent a range of questions to the Sheriff's Office on Monday regarding details of the incident, though officials declined to provide additional information.

"After reviewing your questions, we are unable to answer the majority of your questions due to the integrity of the ongoing investigation," Sheriff's deputy and spokesman Niccoli Sandelin said in a text message.

Sandelin later responded that a few of the questions posed by The Union Democrat could be answered, but not until Tuesday. 

According to the news release, a female victim contacted the Sheriff's Office after escaping from a 61-year-old man who had beaten her, tied her up, threatened to kill her and held her against her will for over a week.

The woman was able to escape and told the Sheriff's Office the man had guns and threatened to "engage in a gunfight" with deputies. 

The location of the alleged crimes was not released. According to Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office logs, an assault was reported Friday on Boitano Road North in Groveland at 4:26 p.m.

A report about "threats" came at 9:22 p.m. on Mills Street and a non-specified other threats call came in at 9:57 p.m.

The Sheriff's Office obtained an arrest warrant for the man related to domestic battery, false imprisonment with violence, criminal threats, intimidating a victim, kidnapping, and damaging or destroying a wireless communication device, according to the release. 

A Sheriff’s crisis response unit, which consists of the SWAT and the crisis negotiation teams, was dispatched to the man’s home in Groveland and arrived after 8 p.m. Saturday. 

According to the news release, the man confronted the deputies with a gun outside of the home. 

"The confrontation sparked an officer-involved shooting with multiple deputies," the news release said.

The man was shot an unknown number of times. The Sheriff's Office did not release how many deputies were involved in the shooting, or where or how many times he was shot.

The release said deputies performed aid on the suspect before he was transported to a hospital in stable condition. No deputies were injured.

The man was identified in the press release as John Banks, but the location of his home was not identified. His personal information was not released in a jail booking log because he had yet to be booked and was still receiving medical treatment as of Monday morning.

The hospital where he was being treated was not identified. 

Banks "may face several additional felony charges related to the officer-involved shooting," the Sheriff’s Office said. 

The specific charges submitted to the county District Attorney's Office by the Sheriff's Office were not released.

The Sheriff's Office did not provide information related to when the alleged crimes against the female victim began. It also did not release how she escaped from the home, where she made the report of the violence, her relationship to Banks or her current status as of Monday. 

The Sheriff's Office is expected to conduct an internal investigation into the officer involved shooting. In recent years, the conclusions of those investigations were determined by California state law to be public record.

According to a new law which went into effect at the start of the year, the California Attorney General's Office must investigate any officer-involved shooting which results in the death of an unarmed civilian, though the conditions of this incident means that law likely will not apply. 

Contact Giuseppe Ricapito at gricapito@uniondemocrat.net or (209) 588-4526.

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