FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) – A man was arrested after he was found hiding inside a grocery store following a day-long standoff and deputy-involved shooting, according to the Fresno Police Department.
On Saturday afternoon, officials confirmed that Pheng Vang, 28, was taken into custody after he fell out of the ceiling of a Save Mart on First and Nees avenues.
Authorities had surrounded the store for a 20-hour standoff after Vang was seen running into the business following a deputy-involved shooting on Thursday evening in the parking lot of the River Park Shopping Center.
Officials from the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said an off-duty deputy at the shopping center had spotted Vang getting into the driver’s seat of a vehicle believed to have been involved in a home burglary.
As more deputies arrived and tried to stop Vang from leaving the parking lot, they say he rammed several patrol vehicles before he ditched his car and ran into the Save Mart where he was later found after nearly two days.
After several searches for Vang came up empty, officers announced that they believed he had somehow managed to escape from the building and that the business would soon reopen.
While most police units pulled out of the area Friday night, undercover officers stayed near the store throughout Saturday as they continued to search for Vang.
Officers say they found Vang after he fell through the store’s ceiling into an aisle and tried to run away into a nearby apartment complex.
“Guess who just popped out of the ceiling?” Fresno Police Chief Paco Balderamma wrote in a tweet following Vang’s arrest on Saturday.
A photo from inside the store shows ceiling tiles knocked out above one of the aisles in the store.
Vang was placed under arrest at the store and will be booked into the Fresno County Jail.
Anyone with information on Vang is asked to contact Detective J. Baroni at (559) 621-2516 or Detective M. Alvarez at (559) 621-2441.