COARSEGOLD—The Madera County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) is reporting that an arrest was made yesterday, Monday, February 6th, following a warning of police activity taking place in the area of Road 415 and Rivercrest Road. The activity prompted MCSO to advise advise residents in the area to remain indoors until further notification, as reported here.
MCSO stated that on February 6, 2023, around 12 pm, the Madera County Regional SWAT team served a search warrant and arrest warrant in the area of Road 415 and Ridgecrest Road in Coarsegold.
Upon arrival at the location, team members established a safety perimeter and contacted the wanted subject, Joshua Ealand. Ealand attempted to flee from the scene in a vehicle, but was prevented by MCSO vehicles holding the perimeter.
Ealand refused to comply with orders to exit the vehicle and threatened that he was armed with a gun. Crisis Negotiators who were on the scene for the warrant service quickly initiated communication with Ealand. Our skilled Crisis Negotiators were able to successfully persuade him to disarm himself and exit the vehicle he was barricaded in. SWAT team members took Ealand into custody without further incident. Deputies seized the discarded weapon and identified it as a modified air rifle.
Ealand was transported to the Madera County Jail and booked on a felony warrant stemming from an incident on April 25, 2022, which included charges of attempting to take a firearm from a police officer, resisting an executive officer, and vandalism, as well as misdemeanor charges of elder abuse and vandalism, in addition to special circumstances of PC667(b)(1) (CA Three Strikes Law). He also faces misdemeanor charges stemming from this incident, including resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is currently being held without bail.
“I applaud the proficient efforts of our well trained SWAT team members and diligence of our highly skilled Crisis Negotiators working together to conclude this incident without posing any danger to the surrounding public. We would also like to thank area residents for their cooperation during the service of this warrant.“ — Sheriff Tyson Pogue