Man accused in standoff with KCSO SWAT pleads not guilty


A man accused of firing shots at deputies during a Shafter standoff Saturday night pleaded not guilty Tuesday afternoon.

Shafter police followed a suspected shoplifter, John Wells, to a home on Atlantic Avenue Saturday night.

Authorities say Wells threatened an officer with a shotgun there.

KCSO says Wells opened fire in the direction of a SWAT team, leading to a brief shootout.

No one was hit and Wells was arrested five hours later.

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