Man shot by Fresno County deputy near Millerton

The Madera County Sheriff’s office announced late Tuesday afternoon that Kyle Patrick Snipes had been arrested by the Roseville Police Department Monday.

Snipes was wanted for questioning in relation to the officer involved shooting last week where a Fresno County deputy sheriff shot and killed Jake Vanderburgh, 61, who allegedly pointed a rifle at officers. Snipes had driven a stolen vehicle to the home where the deadly confrontation occurred, but fled the scene at some point during the incident.

According to the Madera County Sheriff’s Department, at about 4 a.m., June 25, members of the Fresno HEAT (Help Eliminate Auto Theft) Task Force located a stolen car in Fresno County.

The team conducted a surveillance operation on the car and followed Snipes, 29, into Madera County. Snipes discovered he was being followed and led law enforcement officers to a home on Road 210, near Millerton Lake, where Vanderburgh resided.

Law enforcement officials said Snipes got out of the car and ran toward the house. HEAT members then surrounded the home and identified themselves as law enforcement. Officers and deputies exchanged dialogue with Vanderburgh for approximately one hour, but he refused to surrender.

According to the sheriff’s office, Vanderburgh then pointed a rifle out a window of the home in the direction of officers. A Fresno County sheriff’s deputy on the HEAT Task Force fired two shots at Vanderburgh, striking and killing him.

The Madera County Sheriff’s SWAT team searched the home and found no other occupants. They did recover the rifle Vanderburgh pointed at officers.

The initial investigation indicates Snipes and Vanderburgh knew each other, but their exact relationship is unknown at this point. An unidentified woman inside the stolen vehicle was initially taken into custody for questioning, but was later released.

Snipes will be transported and booked into the Fresno County Jail on the warrant for narcotics and weapons charges. There is an ongoing investigation into his involvement with the stolen vehicle and the events surrounding the fatal shooting last Thursday.

- Madera County Sheriff’s Department and Fresno County Sheriff’s Office