Cops find charred body in CA home after standoff

By Tracie Cone

Associated Press

Published: Friday, April 13 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

Police organize their efforts in heavy rain near the scene where a Stanislaus County deputy and a civilian were killed when gunfire broke out as authorities tried to serve an eviction notice at an apartment complex, officials said, Thursday morning, April 12, 2012 in Modesto, Calif.

The Modesto Bee, Joan Barnett Lee, Associated Press

MODESTO, Calif. — Police say they've found a body inside the fire-gutted California home where a suspect had barricaded himself after fatally shooting two people.

Modesto police spokesman Chris Adams says the body was found Friday in the rubble of the home, where a raging fire had broken out overnight.

The fire erupted during a daylong standoff with a man who police say opened fire as authorities tried to serve an eviction notice. They say the suspect killed a Stanislaus County sheriff's deputy and a civilian before holing up inside the apartment.

Adams says it'll take days or weeks to identify the body, which was charred from the fire.

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