Paul Sanchez

Paul Sanchez

HANFORD — The Kings County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a man after officials said he exchanged gunfire with people outside his home.

Around 5 p.m., deputies were dispatched to the 8700 block of Carolyn Avenue in Hanford regarding two males shooting at each other.

Officials said the incident started when several men went to the residence to retrieve a vehicle belonging to a family member. They said while the men were attempting to retrieve the vehicle the suspect, identified as 53-year-old Paul Sanchez, exited the residence and began pointing a pistol at the victims.

An argument ensued and deputies said Sanchez went back inside of his residence.

Upon closing the front door, officials said Sanchez immediately fired two shots through the front door from inside of the residence toward the street. They said one of the victims exchanged fire, striking the front door and metal siding on the residence.

Sheriff’s officials said none of the involved parties were injured in the exchange of gunfire.

Upon deputies’ arrival, they said Sanchez refused to exit the residence or speak with deputies.

The Kings County Sheriff's Office SWAT Team responded and after a short time was able to convince Sanchez to exit the residence, officials said.

Upon exiting the residence, Sheriff’s officials said Sanchez was taken into custody after a brief struggle. They said a search warrant was executed on Sanchez’s residence and several firearms were recovered.

Authorities said Sanchez was booked into the Kings County Jail on suspicion of attempted murder, assault with a firearm and negligent discharge of a firearm.

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