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Body found in torched Modesto home scene of standoff

8:10 PM, Apr 13, 2012   |    comments
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MODESTO, CA - The civilian fatally shot when Stanislaus County sheriff's deputies attempted to serve eviction papers at a Modesto four-plex Thursday has been identified by authorities as 35-year-old Glendon David Engert.

Engert's family confirmed he was an independent locksmith called to change the locks on the home.

Meantime, officers and fire investigators found a burned body Friday afternoon in the fire-gutted Chrysler Drive residence where it was believed the gunman responsible for gunning down Engert and a deputy was after a daylong standoff.

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Modesto Police Department Officer Chris Adams it could be weeks before they know the identity of the remains.

The standoff began late Thursday morning after there were shots fired as the deputies went to the four-plex.

Deputy Robert Paris was killed. Paris' family released the following the statement:

We would like to thank our extended family, friends, local law enforcement and the community for their overwhelming support during this difficult time. Bob was a beloved son, a fun loving brother, a caring father and a dear friend to many. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Bob dedicated his life to serving the community through his twenty years as a Paramedic and sixteen years as a Deputy Sheriff. The entire Paris family extends our deepest sympathy to the family of the other victim of this terrible and senseless tragedy.

Paris is survived by his parents, brother and two adult children.

It was not clear how the fire began, but the Modesto Bee reported the sheriff acknowledged flash-bang devices and tear gas could have been responsible.

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The suspect was described earlier as being in his 40s and having had had military training.

The Associated Press and News10/KXTV

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