Cops end Calif. standoff peacefully

The man locked himself inside a business and said he would shoot any officer who came near

By Robin Epley
Chico Enterprise-Record

CHICO, Calif. — A standoff between a man claiming to have a firearm and police ended safely at a Chico business Sunday night with the apprehension of the suspect.

The incident started just after 5 p.m. at Johnny's Lock and Safe, 1224 Mangrove Ave., when the suspect, identified as Michael Tomlinson, allegedly called Chico police to say he had locked himself in the establishment and would shoot any officer who came near, said Chico police Lt. Linda Dye.

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