Update: Standoff Ends After Suspect Reportedly Set Five Small Fires Inside Church
A church standoff ended peacefully in Hayfork Friday morning, but not before the suspect reportedly set small fires in a church and put Hayfork High School on lockdown.
The suspect, Mariusz Henrik, was taken into custody around 8:20 a.m., after barricading himself inside the Seventh Day Adventist Church and setting several small fires inside the building.
It started at 5 a.m. The Trinity County Sheriff's Office received a call from Henrik stating that there were 5-7 individuals outside of his apartment making threats to him.
Henrik was unable to identify any of the subjects that he claimed were outside of his apartment.
He again called the sheriff's office and informed the dispatcher that the subjects had returned to his apartment with guns and dogs. A short time his neighbor called the sheriff's office to report that Henrik had lit his BBQ in his apartment and left the apartment with an axe heading off into the woods.
Trinity County Sheriff Deputies arrived on scene and located Henrik at the Seventh Day Adventist Church on Reservoir Road in Hayfork. Deputies believe that Henrik entered the church by breaking a window.
The subject barricaded himself in the church and lit five small fires within the church causing smoke to come out of the church but not causing the church to catch on fire.
Officers on scene negotiated with Henrik throughout the morning. The subject believed that the officers were the same subjects that were outside of his apartment earlier in the morning.
Hayfork High School was put on lockdown.
Around 8:25, witnesses say deputies set off what appeared to be a flash grenade, and took Henrik into custody.
Hayfork High School is now open.
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