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Standoff with wanted fugitive ends in arrest at Salem home

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Cesar Banuelo Munoz, prior jail booking photo Cesar Banuelo Munoz, prior jail booking photo
SALEM, OR (KPTV) -

Residents of a Salem neighborhood were woken up early Thursday morning to the sound of flashbangs exploding as SWAT officers began a long standoff that ended with the arrest of a wanted fugitive. 

According to the Salem Police Department, officers were attempting to serve a warrant at a home on the 2200 block of Carleton Way Northeast.

Officers were looking for Cesar Banuelo Munoz, 33, a fugitive wanted for parole violation and coercion, and who is suspected to be involved with multiple gang-related shootings. 

Police said Munoz is known to carry guns and has made threats against Salem Police Department officers.

Investigators said Munoz has escaped capture in at least two dangerous vehicle pursuits. Each time the chase was stopped for the safety of the community, according to Salem police. 

Police said Munoz was spotted outside the home Thursday morning, but he went back inside and refused to respond to officers at the scene.

SWAT was activated and Carleton Way was closed between Williams Avenue and Abrams Avenue.

Police said Munoz could be seen inside the home with a gun in his hand. Two women were also in the home and they eventually left on their own. 

Negotiators spoke with Munoz for hours as he continued to hold the firearm, and refused to comply with requests to surrender. At one point he fired a shot from inside the home, according to officers at the scene. 

Police said chemical agents were deployed into the home leading to Munoz coming out and being taken into custody at 12:20 p.m. Officers said he was carrying the gun at the time of his surrender.

Munoz was booked in the Marion County Jail on charges of second-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon and felon in possession of a weapon, as well as for his warrants.

Munoz has been on the Salem Police Department's top ten most wanted list

In September, officers thought they spotted Munoz and chased the man through a hotel, only to find out it was his identical twin brother. Saul Munoz was carrying methamphetamine and a stolen pistol, according to police, and was arrested. 

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