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Burglary suspect still barricaded inside Fresno Save Mart following chase, shooting, police chief says

FRESNO, California (KFSN) – A long search continues for a burglary suspect who led lawmakers to a chase from Fresno River Park and was trapped inside a Save Mart grocery store.

Fresno Police Chief Paco Balderrama said authorities had not yet located the man who had been hiding in the store on First Street and Nees Avenue since Thursday afternoon. The controversy erupted after a brief chase that erupted when Fresno County Sheriff’s deputies tried to stop the suspect at the River Park Mall near Nees and Blackstone.

The police chief said Fresno SWAT officers had entered the store with their K9s to search the building, but had not yet found it.

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He said items had been moved around the store. Police also found traces and clothes.

Balderrama said they believe he may have had access to the roof.

The leader said that is why he does not want to clean the strip mall, in case the suspect had entered neighboring businesses.

“It’s a nuisance to our community and I apologize, but the first concern is public safety,” he said.

Authorities say the unknown suspect is wanted in connection with a Caruthers burglary.

An off-duty Fresno County Sheriff’s Office spotted him and two others outside Macy’s.

The MP called for backup. When the suspects saw the deputies closing, two of them ran back to Macy’s store.

Deputies chased the suspect on Nees Avenue to First Street, where the man crashed. He then got out of the car and ran to the Save Mart grocery store.

The store was evacuated quickly. Officials said the suspect was the only person left inside.

VIDEO: Drone footage shows police surrounding the Fresno Save Mart

Law enforcement officials say they hope this can be resolved peacefully.

Several agencies surrounded the store on Friday morning.

Clovis Unified officials said Classes were canceled at Kastner Intermediate Schoolwhich is located on the road from the grocery store.

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