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Authorities on Friday found a body in the charred rubble of a burned apartment building where a gunman holed up for 11 hours Thursday after a sheriff's deputy and a locksmith were killed while trying to serve an eviction notice
Modesto police would not say Friday who they suspect was inside the home, but they presume he is dead.
Court documents indicate that 45-year-old James Ferrario was the person being evicted. Neighbors and family members described him as an anti-social, paranoid and sometimes strange man.
Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson said he is convinced the body found was the gunman who killed Deputy Bob Paris, 53, and locksmith
Glendon Engert, 35. A second deputy was uninjured.
"This senseless act of violence was committed by one person and he is dead," Christianson said.
One former neighbor said Ferrario sprayed bear mace on a friend and her husband after a dispute over loud noise aboutsix years ago. Police were called but no one was arrested. Others said he hardly left his home, where he stored hunting rifles, handguns, a Kevlar vest and a gas mask. They said he installed several surveillance cameras outside the apartment
The body was discovered in the ruins of the northwest Modesto home that caught fire late Thursday. Modesto police gave no other details, such as gender.
Authorities believe it might take days or possibly weeks to confirm the identity of the body. Nobody else was found in the burned building.
Investigators would not say whether the gunman fired at the victims through the apartment's front door, or if either of the deputies had a chance to return fire. Some neighbors have described hearing several bursts of shots.
The only building damaged in the fire in the 2100 block of Chrysler Drive was the fourplex where the gunman was Thursday. The building has four apartments
, and the suspect was believed to be on the first floor.
Fire origin unclear
It's still unclear how the fire began. Christianson acknowledged late Thursday night that a combination of flash-bang devices and tear gas could have been responsible.
Friday afternoon, Modesto police officer Chris Adams insisted that SWAT teams did nothing that would have started the blaze.
He said there are two types of tear gas cannisters
police use. One is an incendiary cannister called a "burner," which can start a fire, Adams said. The department doesn't deploy burners; it only uses nonincendiary cannisters.
He said SWAT teams from several police agencies — including Modesto's — surrounded the home. The Modesto squad was stationed in front of the home. Investigators were certain the gunman was alive Thursday night, because someone was turning the lights off and on inside the home as SWAT teams launched tear gas into the apartment.
"We exhausted every option to try to get the suspect to surrender," Christianson said Friday.
About 9 p.m. Thursday, a small team of SWAT officers from various agencies approached the front of the home, including Modesto police. The huge blaze erupted about 9:45 p.m., engulfing the apartment building.
"We didn't have anybody go inside the house," Adams said. "We didn't deploy anything inside the house that should have set the fire."
The sheriff said everyone living in or near the building had been evacuated, so neighbors were not in danger.
The fire burned for several hours. Firefighters took a defensive stance, using a high-pressure hose from a ladder truck to attack the blaze from a mobile home park north of the apartment building.