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Man Who Allegedly Shot Officers Barricaded in House With Hostage

March 3, 1986

RIALTO, Calif. (AP) _ A man who allegedly shot one police officer to death and wounded another barricaded himself in a house early today, and wounded a hostage before police talked him into surrendering, officials said.

Dennis Mayfield, 26, of San Bernardino, surrendered after about five hours to Rialto police, who were holding him for investigation of murder.

Police Lt. Brian Hebbard said Sgt. Gary Wolfley was shot to death at a service station at 1:36 a.m. after responding to a call. He said he did not know why officers were summoned to the station.

One policeman was struck in the hand by fragments of a bullet fired through his windshield, Hebbard said.

Mayfield apparently didn’t know any of the occupants of the house, which was about a quarter-mile from the shooting scene.

″It apparently was a house that he just broke into when fleeing the scene,″ Hebbard said.

Hebbard said he didn’t know why the hostage was shot, the only round fired after Mayfield barricaded himself in the house.

The unidentified hostage was taken to San Bernardino County Medical Center for treatment of a leg wound. Another occupant of the house fled uninjured, police said.

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