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Standoff in Chico ends with two arrests

Chico Police closed off two streets while a standoff ensued lasting through Friday evening.

Posted: Jul 11, 2020 12:13 AM
Updated: Jul 11, 2020 1:59 PM

Updated 9:52 a.m. July 11, 2020 - Two people were arrested after a Friday night standoff in Chico.

Chico Police officers made the arrests following a citizen report concerning a handgun that was seen in the possession of occupants of a vehicle.

Officers found the vehicle and found out the three occupants had gone into an apartment on La Leita Court in Chico.

Two 17-year-old females were detained outside the residence. An adult male suspect was believed to be inside the apartment. The suspect was identified as 23-year-old Michael Gardenhire, a man who had a felony warrant outstanding.

Officers used a P.A. system in their vehicle to call Gardenhire out of the apartment. The man did not respond to the officers' instructions. Because a firearm was involved in the call it was believed Gardenhire was carrying a weapon, so the SWAT Team was activated.

After the SWAT team showed up Gardenhire voluntarily came out of the residence. He was arrested without incident, more than five hours after the initial call to police.

A search warrant was obtained for the residence. Officers located the firearm in question.

Gardenhire and one of the juvenile females were arrested for charges ranging from standing warrants to resisting arrest, and violation of probation. Additional charges related to the firearm are pending further investigation, said police. The second juvenile female was released to her parents.

The incident started at 4:30 in the afternoon on Friday, July 10, 202, and ended just before midnight. La Leita Court was closed for approximately six hours.


CHICO, Calif. -- This standoff took place located at the end of a cul-de-sac off 12th St. and La Leita Ct. in Chico.

Chico PD blocked off the entrance into the cul-de-sac and Cypress St. which runs on the other side of these houses.

Police still have yet to comment and provide details of what transpired.

Multiple resources were called to the scene, including PG&E trucks to cut off power and S.W.A.T.

There was a high police presence all evening long.

Eventually, the standoff ended with police arresting one man just before 10pm.

We'll provide details as new information may potentially come from Chico PD.

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