HANFORD — A domestic violence report turned into a vehicle pursuit and minor hostage situation for Kings County Sheriff’s deputies, officials said.
Around 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, deputies said they attempted to make a traffic stop on a tan Chevy Tahoe in the area of 11th Avenue and Silverado Street in Hanford.
The driver of the vehicle, 41-year-old Matthew Bell, was reportedly involved in a domestic violence incident that had just occurred, officials said. They said Bell was following the victim, who was attempting to flee in a separate vehicle.
When deputies tried to stop Bell, they said the victim pulled over but Bell refused to stop and led them on a vehicle pursuit through the city of Hanford.
Officials said the pursuit concluded when Bell abandoned his moving vehicle and took the victim hostage. They said Bell pled with deputies to "shoot him" while holding the victim hostage.
Eventually, deputies said they were able to take Bell to the ground and separate him from the victim. After a struggle, in which Bell assaulted deputies, officials said Bell was finally taken into custody.
Sheriff’s officials said the victim suffered minor injuries as a result of the incident, and although not serious, one deputy did receive a slight injury to his hand.
Authorities said Bell was booked into the Kings County Jail on suspicion of felony pursuit, obstructing or resisting by way of violence, battery on a peace officer and kidnapping.