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Officer fatally shoots alleged hostage-taker in Oroville who fired at police, SWAT

A hostage situation in Oroville ended when a man who had opened fire on officers was killed by law enforcement early Saturday.

The subject has been identified as 33-year-old Larry Siordia of Oroville.

Oroville police responded to a call reporting shots fired near the 700 block of Pomona Avenue just after 3 a.m. Saturday. Officers attempted to contact the residents but left the scene when they did not respond. In another 911 call placed 30 minutes later, the caller reported hearing a smoke alarm going off inside the residence.

Authorities said they received a third call from the original caller around 4:21 a.m. The caller reported that he had heard more shots from within the residence. Officers returned to the scene but were still unable to make contact with the residents and left.

At 5:41 a.m., dispatchers received a 911 call from a woman reporting she had received a text message from her sister, who was inside the residence, asking her to come get her two young children. The caller said her sister had told her she was being threatened with a gun.

Officers said that when they returned to the scene, they observed a bullet hole through the window located next to the front door, which had not previously been there.

Officers from the Butte County Sheriff's Office Crisis Intervention Team and SWAT were called in to assist police.

Authorities said that just before 8 a.m., Siordia exited the residence with a pistol in his hand and began firing at officers. A sergeant with the Butte County Sheriff's Department fired a single shot in return, which struck Siordia. Medical personnel immediately began life-saving efforts on Siordia and transported him to Oroville Hospital, where he died later Saturday.

The shooting is being investigated by the Butte County Officer Involved Shooting and Critical Incident Protocol Team.

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