William A. Heinze man found dead in a Vallejo home after standoff with police on Sutter Street

Published by on March 22, 2013


Police have identified a man found dead in a Vallejo home Wednesday afternoon after a tense standoff with police who at one point fired into the house after seeing the suspect point a shotgun outside. William A. Heinze, 42, of Vallejo was found dead from an apparent gunshot wound with a shotgun lying beside him after police entered the home in the 1800 block of Sutter Street, police said.

Heinze was wanted on burglary and narcotics warrants and had an extensive criminal history that included convictions for robbery, battery on a custodial officer, domestic violence, narcotics and being a felon in possession of a firearm, police said. Police first arrived that day after receiving reports at 11:36 a.m. that a man, believed to be Heinze, was pointing a rifle or shotgun at people on the street.

When police arrived he had retreated into a residence in the 1800 block of Sutter Street, police said. Police set up a perimeter and surrounded the house. An armored vehicle was parked outside for police to take cover behind. Hostage negotiators contacted the man by phone, and he was hostile and threatened to kill police, others, and himself. He made demands and said he would kill someone if his demands were not met.

At about 1:15 p.m. the man broke a window in the front of the house and pointed a shotgun outside, police said. Officers fired multiple rounds at him and he disappeared back inside. Eventually the Vallejo/Benicia SWAT team and the Solano County sheriff’s SWAT team arrived and deployed gas to force the man out, but there was no response. As they were about to send a robot inside, they saw the man down and entered. They found Heinze dead from a gunshot wound with a shotgun lying beside him, police said. No officers or civilians were injured, according to police.

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