Sacramento police detain man after standoff at Land Park near zoo, Funderland

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Sacramento police on Friday detained a man after a standoff in Land Park, an area heavily frequented by families.Officers went to the area near Land Park Drive and 17th Avenue after receiving reports of a man with a gun, police said. They eventually used pepper ball rounds on the man to take him into custody.The man was later identified as 35-year-old Cedric Moreland-Jones of Sacramento.The intersection where the standoff happened is located by the Sacramento Zoo, Fairytale Town and Funderland Amusement Park. Police did not release details on whether the police activity impacted these locations, but multiple people called KCRA 3 saying they were under a shelter-in-place and could not leave Funderland.Funderland told KCRA 3 the main gate was closed to people coming in but rides remained in operation for people in the park. People were asked to exit on the Sutterville Road side of the park. Fairytale Town said that it remained open, after a brief pause in letting people onto their property. Executive director Kevin Smith-Fagan told KCRA 3’s Orko Manna that Sacramento police called Fairytale Town to inform about the police action taking place nearby.”We shut the front gate and secured that side of the park until such time as it became clear that the police had surrounded the suspect, and then we felt confident that we could safely welcome the public back to Fairytale Town,” Smith-Fagan said. KCRA 3 reached out to the Sacramento Zoo, but they have not responded as of Friday evening.Earlier reports from police suggested Moreland-Jones could have been armed, but officers said they did not locate a firearm when they detained him. Black torch lighters were found when officers were going through his belongings and police suspect he may have been holding one of them. According to police, when officers tried to make contact with Moreland-Jones, he told them he had a gun and would pull it out if they did not lower their weapons. Many families and children were in the area when the standoff took place. Sherry Register, who is visiting from the Redding area, said she was at Land Park with her 5-year-old granddaughter when they saw everything unfold.”Today, the school had a field trip, we’re from Rocky Point, and we noticed that there were some cops around. We were all in a huddle just over by the trees and we noticed that some police cars were just behind us and as soon as we seen the officer go down on his knee with a weapon drawn within 500 yards of us, we moved the kids across the street. We went into the zoo for the day,” Register said. “It’s scary that you can’t go and enjoy your day without something happening.”Land Park resident Cheryl Guevara said it was unnerving to see all the police activity so close to home.”When you see the whole street blocked off and the SWAT team, you wonder what’s going on,” Guevara said.Guevara added that despite no weapon being found on Moreland-Jones, she is relieved someone called him in, adding that the situation could have turned out to be worse.”Whoever came upon him reported it and look how quick you know Sacramento’s finest came out and they were on the scene and they had it under control,” Guevara said. “It’s good to always report when you suspect anything, because you never know what’s going on.”Moreland-Jones was arrested and booked into jail on charges of criminal threats and resisting arrest.See more coverage of top California stories here | Download our app.

Sacramento police on Friday detained a man after a standoff in Land Park, an area heavily frequented by families.

Officers went to the area near Land Park Drive and 17th Avenue after receiving reports of a man with a gun, police said. They eventually used pepper ball rounds on the man to take him into custody.

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The man was later identified as 35-year-old Cedric Moreland-Jones of Sacramento.

The intersection where the standoff happened is located by the Sacramento Zoo, Fairytale Town and Funderland Amusement Park. Police did not release details on whether the police activity impacted these locations, but multiple people called KCRA 3 saying they were under a shelter-in-place and could not leave Funderland.

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#UPDATE: @SacPolice say officers have taken the man into custody. Pepperball rounds were used. We are just learning from police that the man did NOT have a gun. Still a large police presence out here right now. We are in between the Zoo and Fairytale Town. @kcranews https://t.co/gFcZSSdA4l

— Orko Manna (@orko_manna) June 21, 2024

Funderland told KCRA 3 the main gate was closed to people coming in but rides remained in operation for people in the park. People were asked to exit on the Sutterville Road side of the park.

Fairytale Town said that it remained open, after a brief pause in letting people onto their property. Executive director Kevin Smith-Fagan told KCRA 3’s Orko Manna that Sacramento police called Fairytale Town to inform about the police action taking place nearby.

“We shut the front gate and secured that side of the park until such time as it became clear that the police had surrounded the suspect, and then we felt confident that we could safely welcome the public back to Fairytale Town,” Smith-Fagan said.

KCRA 3 reached out to the Sacramento Zoo, but they have not responded as of Friday evening.

Earlier reports from police suggested Moreland-Jones could have been armed, but officers said they did not locate a firearm when they detained him. Black torch lighters were found when officers were going through his belongings and police suspect he may have been holding one of them.

According to police, when officers tried to make contact with Moreland-Jones, he told them he had a gun and would pull it out if they did not lower their weapons.

Many families and children were in the area when the standoff took place. Sherry Register, who is visiting from the Redding area, said she was at Land Park with her 5-year-old granddaughter when they saw everything unfold.

“Today, the school had a field trip, we’re from Rocky Point, and we noticed that there were some cops around. We were all in a huddle just over by the trees and we noticed that some police cars were just behind us and as soon as we seen the officer go down on his knee with a weapon drawn within 500 yards of us, we moved the kids across the street. We went into the zoo for the day,” Register said. “It’s scary that you can’t go and enjoy your day without something happening.”

Land Park resident Cheryl Guevara said it was unnerving to see all the police activity so close to home.

“When you see the whole street blocked off and the SWAT team, you wonder what’s going on,” Guevara said.

Guevara added that despite no weapon being found on Moreland-Jones, she is relieved someone called him in, adding that the situation could have turned out to be worse.

“Whoever came upon him reported it and look how quick you know Sacramento’s finest came out and they were on the scene and they had it under control,” Guevara said. “It’s good to always report when you suspect anything, because you never know what’s going on.”

Moreland-Jones was arrested and booked into jail on charges of criminal threats and resisting arrest.

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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.