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YCSO: Suspect taken into custody after 'active shooter' situation south of Yuma

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Posted at 8:55 PM, Oct 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-19 18:28:48-04

YUMA, AZ — Authorities responded to an active shooter situation south of Yuma on Friday night.

According to Yuma County Sheriff's, deputies confronted a suspect near S. Avenue B and E. County 17th Street.

Deputies initially responded to a residence in the area on reports of shots fired around 6:30 p.m. YCSO says the suspect, later identified as 22-year-old Daniel Carranza-Alvarez, became angry with family members inside a home and began firing multiple rounds off. Three family members fled the home. Another person arrived at the scene and reportedly attempted to calm the suspect down, but Carranza-Alvarez began shooting at the victim who was inside a vehicle.

Carranza-Alvarez then reportedly barricaded himself inside the home.

A YCSO spokesperson said as deputies arrived at the scene, Carranza-Alvarez began firing at them and refused to surrender. Several nearby homes were evacuated as well under the protection of YCSO and Yuma police armored vehicles, and people were taken to a temporary shelter.

Officials say local and federal agencies were called in to assist; including the YCSO Special Response Team, the Yuma Police Department Special Enforcement Team, U.S. Border Patrol BORTAC, and Customs and Border Protection Air Marine Helicopter.

A YCSO spokesperson said Carranza-Alvarez came outside multiple times to shoot at the helicopter as ground units attempted to move in on the residence. Authorities attempted to communicate with Carranza-Alvarez after he retreated back into the home, but received no response.

Eventually, law enforcement breached the house and deployed a tactical robot inside to search the home. With the tactical robot, authorities saw Carranza-Alvarez had staged multiple firearms throughout the home, and that he had barricaded doors with furniture to block entry ways.

YCSO said Carranza-Alvarez was eventually found inside a bedroom, and was given verbal commands via the tactical robot to exit the home and surrender.

Around 12:40 a.m, YCSO says Carranza-Alvarez came outside and was arrested.

YCSO said there were no injuries during the active shooter situation.

Carranza-Alvarez was booked into the Yuma County Detention Center for four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, endangerment, discharging a weapon, occupied structure, and disorderly conduct.