Modesto locksmith’s widow files claim, says deputies didn’t protect him
MODESTO — Authorities should have done more to protect a locksmith from a distraught, armed homeowner who gunned down the man and a deputy sheriff, the locksmith’s widow says in a wrongful death claim against Stanislaus County.
Before they tried to carry out the April eviction, deputies were warned that the homeowner had weapons, the claim says, contradicting Sheriff Adam Christianson’s statements since that the men walked into an ambush with no idea that danger lurked inside.
Also, locksmith Glendon Engert paused while disabling the lock on a metal security door when he heard something inside, but deputies directed him to keep drilling, the claim says.
“Mr. Engert was lulled into a false sense of security,” the document reads.
Moments later, Engert, 35, and deputy Bob Paris, 53, were killed by armor-piercing bullets from an assault rifle fired through the screen door. Deputy Mike Glinskas, 51, was not hit and was honored for bravery last month.
Copy of the claim below…