Man found dead following standoff with Tulare County SWAT officers

A map showing the area where the standoff happened. (Courtesy: Google Maps)

A man was found dead following a standoff with deputies and SWAT officers in Tulare County.

It started Wednesday around 4:30 p.m. at a house in the area of Avenue 326 and Grandview Road in Visalia.

According to the Tulare County Sheriff's Office, patrol deputies were dispatched to the house for a disturbance involving a firearm by a man identified as 35-year-old Juan Delgado.

When deputies arrived on scene, family members told deputies that Delgado had a gun and was making criminal threats to a 15-year-old.

Deputies on scene determined Delgado barricaded himself inside the house along with a 59-year-old male family member.

After a couple hours of of trying to get Delgado out of the house, deputies say the older man left the house unharmed. The 59-year-old man was inside the house trying to get Delgado to not harm himself or others.

Deputies say Delgado continued to remain barricaded in the house and stopped talking with deputies and SWAT officers who were on scene.

Around 10:40 p.m., deputies say it is believed Delgado ignited a fire within the house.

Tulare County Fire put out the fire. Once the fire was extinguished, Delgado was found dead inside the house.

An autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office at (559)733-6218 or send anonymous information by sending a text or email to or call (559) 725-4194.

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