MODESTO — An investigation into the fatal shootings of a sheriff’s deputy and locksmith during an eviction in Northern California has found the Sheriff’s Department was aware the suspect had assault rifles and surveillance cameras.
The report — released on Friday — says the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department should have rescheduled its attempt to evict James Ferrario from his Modesto home last year and devised a better plan.
Authorities say Ferrario shot and killed locksmith Glendon Engert and Deputy Bob Paris during the April 12 eviction attempt.
According to sheriff’s officials, Ferrario set the building on fire and shot himself during an ensuing standoff.
A call to the Sheriff’s Department for comment on the report was not immediately returned.