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Barricaded Man Surrenders; Policeman Killed, Officer and Hostage Wounded

March 3, 1986

RIALTO, Calif. (AP) _ A man suspected of killing one police officer and wounding another surrendered Monday after barricading himself inside a house and shooting a hostage, police said.

Dennis Mayfield, 26, of San Bernardino, surrendered at 6:45 a.m., about five hours after he crashed through the front door of the house and shot one of his captives, said police Lt. Brian Hebbard.

″The (sheriff’s) hostage negotiations team talked him out,″ Hebbard said.

Mayfield was being held for investigation of murder, Hebbard said.

Sgt. Gary Wolfley, 31, who was responding to a report of a suspicious person at a gas station, was shot to death there at 1:36 a.m., Hebbard said.

Officer Joe Cirilo, who arrived on the scene after Wolfley was shot, suffered minor scrapes on his right hand when a bullet crashed through his windshield and he was struck by metal fragments, he said.

Mayfield then fled into the house, about a quarter of a mile from the gas station, Hebbard said. ″It apparently was a house that he just broke into when fleeing the scene.″

An unidentified hostage in the house was shot in the leg and taken to San Bernardino County Medical Center for treatment. Another occupant of the house fled uninjured, police said.

Hebbard said he didn’t know why the hostage was shot, the only round fired after Mayfield barricaded himself in the house in Rialto, about 55 miles east of Los Angeles.

Wolfley, who joined the force on Jan. 26, 1974, was promoted to sergeant last May and is survived by his wife and a son.

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