Armed man arrested in Winters standoff

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Residents of a Winters neighborhood sheltered in place on Tuesday, Dec. 13 while police and Yolo County sheriff’s deputies negotiated with an armed man barricaded inside his own house. 

The incident began shortly after 2 p.m. when deputies were summoned to a Putah Creek fishing access point along Highway 128 west of Winters.

“Several callers reported that a male armed with an assault rifle and possibly wearing a bulletproof vest was approaching vehicles, acting erratically, and yelling that someone was trying to kill him,” the Winters Police Department reported in a Facebook post. “The subject also jumped on the hood of at least one caller’s vehicle before that caller drove away.”

That person was no longer on the scene when deputies arrived. Further investigation identified him as Fernando Ponce Jimenez, a 32-year-old Winters resident, who was on felony probation supervision for a prior offense. 

“Further information was also developed via an independent witness that Jimenez had been observed with an assault rifle earlier in the day and he was currently at his residence on the 700 block of Lupine Way in Winters,” police said.

Winters police and sheriff’s deputies established a perimeter around Jimenez’s house, sending an alert to surrounding residents to shelter in place. A sheriff’s crisis negotiator made contact with Jimenez by phone, convincing him to surrender peacefully after about 30 minutes. 

“A subsequent search of the residence located a loaded semi-automatic pistol with drum magazine and a loaded short-barrel assault rifle with a 40-round magazine,” police said. “Both weapons had the serial numbers removed.”

Deputies booked Jimenez into the Yolo County Jail on multiple felony charges including being a convicted felon in possession of firearms, possession of a short-barrel rifle, possession of an assault weapon, possession of firearms without serial numbers, and violation of his probation, among other charges.

Winters police encourage residents to register for emergency notifications through the Everbridge platform. For more information, visit member.everbridge.net/453003085611271/login.

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