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Wednesday, 18 April 2012 11:33

Chrysler Incident Fourplex Demolished

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A wrecking crew demolished what remained of last Thursday's deadly standoff today. The scene was closed for a few days after the incident while investigators from various agencies thoroughly collected evidence around the clock. The fourplex was destroyed last Thursday night after suspect Jim Richard Ferrario barricaded himself in the building, which caught fire around 10pm.

Ferrario is suspected of shooting and killing Stanislaus County Sheriff's Deputy Robert Paris and locksmith Glendon Engert during an attempted eviction. The incident began just before 11am and lasted well into the night. Authorities evacuated several surrounding residents, some for several days as the investigation took place.

Ferrario's body was located in a bathroom of the burned out ruins. He died from a self inflicted gunshot wound. Within arms reach were several weapons, several gallons of water, and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. There were 22 firearms removed from the crime scene, 17 of those were rifles. It is suspected that one of those rifles is the weapon used to kill Deputy Paris and Mr. Engert.

Life is slowly getting back to normal at Whispering Woods. Residents not affected by the fire are back in their homes. Not all are back to normal however. One resident living next door to the destroyed fourplex posted a sign on her door reading "Media, leave me alone." A sign on the lawn read "Turn To Jesus"

A vigil is set for Thursday night at Graceada Park.

Funeral arrangements for Deputy are set for Friday at Noon. Service will be at Big Valley Grace Church on Tully Road, with a procession leading to Lakewood Memorial Park in Hughson immediately after. Details for Mr. Engert's funeral have not been released yet. Donations for the Engert family can be made at Valley First Credit Union: Glendon David Engert Memorial Account #187056

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Tuesday, 17 April 2012 08:45

Police Identify Chrysler Shooter

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Jim Richard Ferrario

Investigators continue to follow-up on the shooting death of Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Deputy Robert “Bob” Paris and Locksmith Glendon Engert. The initial investigation has revealed a horrific glimpse as to the intentions of the suspect on the tragic day of the shooting.

Late Monday afternoon, the Stanislaus County Coroner’s Office was able to confirm the identify of Jim Richard Ferrario, a 45-year-old Modesto resident, as the person found deceased inside the complex at the 2100 block of Chrysler Drive, in north Modesto. Ferrario is the suspect who is believed to have shot and killed Deputy Paris and Mr. Engert before barricading himself in his residence and creating an 11-hour standoff with law enforcement authorities. The coroner’s office has ruled the cause of death of Ferrario to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department was in the process of formally evicting Ferrario from the residence and had posted a notice of eviction five days prior to the shooting on Ferrario’s front door. The notice informed Ferrario that deputies would be returning on April 12th. Based upon the evidence located in the residence and the positioning of that evidence, all indicators strongly suggest Ferrario was planning a fatal confrontation with law enforcement.

Ferrario was found in the bathroom of his residence with a stockpile of weapons and ammunition. He was wearing a bulletproof vest, a gas mask, makeshift ballistic protective padding strapped around his extremities, a nylon “police style” duty belt with holstered guns on each side of his body, cargo pants filled with ammunition, and had a tear gas canister strapped to his leg.

Within arm’s reach of Ferrario, detectives discovered 22 firearms, of which 17 were rifles and shotguns, as well as an SKS and an M-16. There were also over 500 rounds of ammunition and a police scanner. In addition, Ferrario had a supply of several gallons of water. All of this suggests Ferrario was prepared for a long term and violent standoff with police. Detectives believe Ferrario used one of the recovered high powered assault rifles to kill Deputy Paris and Mr. Engert.

During the standoff, Ferrario barricaded his windows with furniture. Ferrario also gained access into the other three residences within the fourplex, which allowed him to move freely throughout the complex. Ferrario also had several surveillance cameras mounted outside of his complex, allowing him to monitor the front door and the area surrounding his residence.

The motive for Ferrario’s actions is unknown and still under investigation. Ferrario had very little contact with law enforcement prior to this incident. The extent of his law enforcement contact with police was for minor traffic citations and a prior verbal dispute with a neighbor. The Modesto Police Department had no information which would lead to any safety concerns regarding Ferrario or any reports of potential violence.

As to the cause and origin of the fire, investigators from the U.S. Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and Modesto Fire Department are actively investigating that portion of the investigation. Investigators have ruled out the possibility of the fire being caused by an electrical malfunction or by a build-up of natural gas. Two of the remaining possibilities are that either Ferrario started the fire or the fire was unintentionally started by law enforcement, during the deployment of less than lethal devices.

Due to the structure of the complex being unstable, plans have been made to demolish the structure sometime this week.

“This tragic event underscores the unpredictable nature of law enforcement and the potential for violence faced by all peace officers daily. Even the most routine tasks can turn deadly, as shown by this incident. From all evidence, it appears Ferrario planned on engaging in a violent confrontation with the deputies who appeared that day.” said Chief Michael Harden. “Our department grieves the loss of Deputy Paris and Mr. Engert and our hearts go out to their families.”

Funeral arrangements for Deputy Robert Paris have been scheduled for Friday April 20th at 12:00 PM at Big Valley Grace Community Church, located at 4040 Tully Road Modesto, CA. There will be a procession from the church to Lakewood Memorial Park at 900 Santa Fe Avenue Hughson, CA. following the church service for a graveside service.

An investigator looks into the remains of the home where a gunman shot and killed a civilian and deputy serving an eviction. Photo by Marty Bicek.