Heavily-armed suspect killed after 8-hour standoff

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Salinas police killed the man who allegedly shot a Monterey County Sheriff’s Deputy on Wednesday. 

Erin Howard Fischer, 67, was killed after an eight-hour standoff.

According to the DA’s office, Deputy Jesse Grant responded to 29 Sun Street, Apartment 201, at 7:49 a.m. on Wednesday to serve a court-authorized eviction notice. Fischer did not answer the door, so two more deputies came at Grant’s request. 

Fischer opened fire at 8:46 a.m. and shot Grant twice. Thirty-one minutes later, a shelter-in-place was issued as Fischer remained barricaded in his apartment. 

“He was heavily armed and continued discharging his numerous firearms at responding officers from his upstairs apartment location during an eight-hour standoff,” the DA’s office said. 

Fischer allegedly shot down seven drones.

Per the DA, law enforcement returned fire at Fischer. The Salinas Police Department, agencies from Monterey and Santa Cruz counties, California Highway Patrol, and the FBI all responded.

At 5:33 p.m., Fischer was shot in the head and killed. 

According to the DA, Fischer was wearing camouflaged military apparel, a helmet, and a gas mask. He allegedly held an AK-47 when he was killed and possessed three semi-automatic assault rifles, two bolt action rifles, and two handguns in his apartment.


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