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Officers were dispatched to the 1200 block of Village Drive Friday evening at 6 p.m., after receiving a report of a man dressed in black who was brandishing a gun in front of a residence.


When they arrived, police contacted a male, who turned out to be Martice Villareal, 30, of Corcoran, who matched the description provided by witnesses. He was seen making movements toward his front waistband, where officers saw he had what appeared to be a firearm tucked inside. Villareal continued to fail to comply with verbal commands from officers, who had to deploy a Taser on him. However, the Taser did not have any effect on the suspect.


He continued to walk away from officers carrying the suspected firearm. Officers were finally able to physically subdue the man and place him under arrest.


The suspected firearm was determined to be a black air soft mini-rifle with a red-orange tip.


Police interviewed at least one resident in the area who first saw Villareal walking in the neighborhood, brandishing the suspected weapon as the resident was standing in her front yard watching her children play. She quickly went into her home with her children and called the police department.


Villareal suffered some minor injuries when he scuffled with police during his arrest. He was treated for those injuries before being taken to the Kings County Jail in Hanford, where his bail was set at $65,000.


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