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Cleanup, search for bullets follows lengthy standoff

25 shooting update 1

Windows are boarded up at the house on the 4900 block of Springwood Circle, in Fairfield, Tuesday. Police found a man dead inside the home from a gunshot wound at around 8:30 p.m. Monday. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic)

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From page A1 | June 25, 2014 |

FAIRFIELD — Bud Hathaway was still looking for the bullets inside his Springwood Circle home Tuesday.

He found four bullet holes, two in his dining room window, the others in stucco, after a lengthy standoff at his neighbor’s home Monday afternoon.

Hathaway and his family got back into their home about 10:30 p.m., he said, more than nine hours after the incident began.

Investigators and a crew boarding up the home left about 4 a.m. Tuesday, Hathaway said.

“Every window is broken out,” Hathaway said of his neighbor’s home. “He must have shot from all four sides of the home.”

The suspect, who was found dead in a second floor room, was identified as Joseph Silva, 26, a Fairfield resident. Police believe he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after firing an estimated 50 to 60 shots, hitting at least one home and some cars.

A cleaning crew pulled away from the house shortly after 1 p.m. Tuesday. The front door was boarded up with a “no trespassing” message. Three cars sat in the driveway. A pickup on the street blocked about half of the driveway.

The scene was much different from 24 hours earlier when the neighborhood, close to Green Valley Middle School, was shut down.

Police were called to the 4900 block of Springwood Circle about 1:05 p.m. Monday with the initial report of a possible burglary in process. Dispatch was also receiving calls of shots fired in the same area.

As officers neared the home, they heard two more volleys of gunshots, said Sgt. Jeff Osgood of the Fairfield Police Department. A perimeter was established and the waiting began.

Some residents were able to shelter in place. Others were evacuated during the incident. Police used distraction devices to get the attention of anyone inside the home.

Neighbors said a family of four lived in the home. Hathaway said his dealings with them were cordial but that he mostly spoke with the oldest male, who had recently told him he was ill, Hathaway said.

Barking dogs had been a recent issue, Hathaway said. He recalled Fairfield police having been called there a few times in the past few weeks about the noise.

Gary Talbert, who lives several houses away from the scene, spent his Monday afternoon concerned for his 16-year-old sister Carissa Talbert, who was holed up in the family home. The teen scaled the wall of her yard at around 7 p.m. and was met by police and was reunited with her mother and brothers.

The Red Cross opened a relief station at Green Valley Middle School.

Residents had to park on Gold Hill Road and walk to their homes. Traffic was not allowed in. The street corner at Driftwood and Northwood drives was occupied by media and residents of the subdivision.

The Fairfield Police Department got assistance from the California Highway Patrol and the Solano County Sheriff’s Office.

Police are investigating the incident, Osgood said Tuesday afternoon. A call to Fairfield police detectives Tuesday afternoon for an update on the investigation wasn’t returned.

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Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.
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  • Jason KnowlesJune 24, 2014 - 11:06 pm

    Joe Silva played for me when I was the JV football coach at RHS. I am at a loss for words about this. This really defies all logic. Condolences to all involved.

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  • Bill of RightsJune 25, 2014 - 5:49 am

    This incident should be a reminder to us that past shootings like Columbine, Sandy Hook, and the Colorado movie theatre are very real in today's society. Thank you to the brave men and women of the Fairfield Police Department for stepping into harms way to isolate and prevent further injuries. I was truly sickened by the disrespectful comments made by the "few" that hide behind anonymity in order to post hate! Cowards in the truest form.

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  • Mr. SmithJune 25, 2014 - 9:22 pm

    Well said, Mr......uh, "Bill Of Rights." How is the rest of the "Of Rights" family doing?

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  • PornacJune 25, 2014 - 7:31 am

    This wouldn't happen if everyone was armed.

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  • Jim HJune 25, 2014 - 8:08 am

    That makes no sense, because he WAS armed. This really has nothing to do with the 2nd amendment, this was an individual who needed appropriate counseling and mental health care and either did not seek it or receive it. In truth this wouldn't have happened if NO ONE was armed.

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  • Mr.RJune 25, 2014 - 9:23 am

    Jin H. Your a cretin.This has nothing to do guns.A gun was just a convenient weapon.Those that are bent on destruction will find a way.If he hadn't taken his life with a gun he might of used a car and killed innocent drivers or more.And yes,our forefathers knew what they where doing.They knew that well armed citizens prevents a tyrannical government from taking over the country.I bet you voted for Obummer.

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  • Jim HJune 25, 2014 - 11:04 am

    The comment was "This wouldn't happen if everyone was armed." Which is completely incorrect, it is impossible to explain on how many levels this is incorrect. An individual was armed and created violence. Neighbors are pulling bullets out of their walls because he was armed. You need to explain to me how being armed would have prevented bullets from flying through their windows. As far as your ramblings about tyrannical governments, I have no issue with people being armed. I honestly believe people should be allowed to arm themselves how ever they desire. The problem I have is illogical statements that reflect no critical thinking. And what follows from your statement is a similar lack of critical thinking. Tyrannical governments are prevented by the "Freedom of Assembly" not the 2nd amendment. Also comparing cars to guns is another ridiculous as saying getting rid of all guns will solve our problems. The discussion should be what RESPONSIBILITY goes along with the RIGHT to bare arms. You comment advocates responsibility and from my point of view if you are not willing to take responsibility you should not have the right.

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  • rlw895June 25, 2014 - 9:27 pm

    Jim H: You are a good writer. I hope to read more of your comments. However, be aware that Pornac is our local satirist.

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  • Mr. SmithJune 25, 2014 - 9:43 pm

    Jim H: And as you can see, Pornac is also our local pain in the a$$, with a fan club of one: Rlw895.

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  • AshleyJune 25, 2014 - 10:00 am

    This seriously has nothing to do with guns and the second amendment. This has to do with an individual who was emotionally disturbed and had no other way out. I grew up next to this family and went to high school with Joseph Silva. We had issues with these neighbors as well as a lot of other residents on the street; the street and neighborhood no had other problems. This young man needed help and had no one to turn to, which is the really sad part. My heart is saddened for him.

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  • KunalJune 25, 2014 - 8:44 pm

    I used to live across the street from Joe from the moment he moved in with his parents and younger brother until I began college. I also went to High School with him. Real quiet guy that kept to himself a lot and rode his motorcycle whenever he got the chance. As bad as it seems, as soon as I heard about the shooting my initial thoughts were his dad being involved due to previous situations. However, I would have never thought Joe Jr would have done anything like this. Condolences to him and the ones that loved him and knew him. Just wish that he didn't have to resort to this. Joe, you will be missed and remembered as the nice guy of your family.

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  • katieJune 25, 2014 - 8:53 pm

    This is a very sad situation. This young man grew up in a volatile environment. His parents spent time in prison for hate crimes . They were the center of many disturbances in the neighborhood. Although these incidences were brought on by his parents, Joe always seemed so quiet and nice. I'm very sad to hear this was his only way out. I hope his little brother will find a way to cope with this tragedy.

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