Man arrested after armed standoff with Merced Police officers

Officers have arrested a man after a short standoff with Merced Police.

Officers responded to the 2500 block of North Highway 59 for reports of shots fired inside a residence just after 12:00 a.m., on Sunday morning.

Police say the man was threatening his girlfriend and children ages three and one with a firearm and shooting inside the residence.

As officers were setting a perimeter the suspect opened up a window and began to fire rounds in the general direction of the officers with a shotgun.

The suspect then exited the residence unarmed and tried to flee on foot. He was taken into custody after a short struggle on the roadway of highway 59 in front of the apartment complex.

Several apartments around the scene were hit by gunfire as well as a trailer in the 2500 block of North Highway 59, police said.

Merced police arrest suspect responsible for the shooting

The suspect 26-year-old Demarcus Lyons was booked into the Merced County jail for assault with a deadly weapon (Firearm), three counts of shooting into an inhabited building, endangering a child with possible great bodily harm, terrorist threats, and resisting arrest. Police say no injuries were reported and the victims were also uninjured.

Merced Police are asking anyone with any information regarding this crime to contact Detective Salyers at 209-388-7705 or by email at

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