A federal probationer fled from officers Wednesday, ditched a gun and then fought with them as they tried to arrest him, Lodi police said.
He was soon booked into jail, but that incident led to searches of two houses, one with the SWAT team involved.
In the meantime, three juveniles, one of whom was wanted on a no-bail warrant, also fought with officers trying to arrest them in the same east Lodi neighborhood.
Both incidents happened during an operation in which police went to a number of addresses Wednesday. They visited homes that have been the subject of complaints to police, as well as homes of those on probation and parole, said Lodi Police Detective Eric Bradley.
Around 10 a.m., Officer Roger Butterfield was near Garfield Street when he recognized a man who is on federal probation for transporting marijuana from Mexico into the U.S., Bradley said.
The man, David Martinez Godoy, 30, and his girlfriend, 25-year-old Kristen Perry, fled on bicycles. Butterfield chased after them and caught up at Central Avenue and Oak Street, where Godoy allegedly threw a revolver on the ground, Bradley said.
He then struggled with police, which sent more officers scrambling to the scene.
The unloaded gun was registered to a man from Clovis.
Police then went to the couple's home in the 200 block of Flora, arriving minutes after a known gang member fled out the back door. Police found ammunition inside but suspected the gang member may have removed contraband from the house, Bradley said. So then police began writing a warrant for that man's home. Because a gun was involved in the initial incident, police called in the SWAT team, which arrived in the 400 block of Railroad Avenue around 4 p.m.
No guns, other than an air rifle, or suspects were found inside the home.
Bradley did not have final numbers of those contacted during Wednesday's sweep but said several people were back behind bars and some could face deportation.
They included a grandmother who allegedly lied to officers when they arrived at her North Central Avenue home looking for her grandsons. She said the boys were not home, but officers started a probation search and found both boys, along with a third youth.
All, including the grandmother, were arrested, Bradley said.