FARMERSVILLE – An eight-hour standoff ended peacefully on Sunday after a man wanted for the attempted murder of his wife surrendered to deputies.
At 7:20 a.m. on June 2, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office received a call that 43-year-old Randy Lee Scroggins had barricaded himself in his home in the 1100 block of South Farmersville Boulevard. Sheriff’s Office SWAT team and negotiators arrived on scene and attempted to make contact with Scroggins. According to the Sheriff’s Department, everyone else inside the home had already gotten out of the home safely when they arrived.
At about 4 p.m., Scroggins surrendered peacefully. No shots were fired but a non-lethal device was used to take out cameras on the property. Scroggins was taken to the hospital to be medically cleared.
Scroggins was wanted on a warrant for his arrest for the attempted murder of his wife. At around 4:30 p.m. on May 22, Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 1100 block of S. Farmersville Blvd. for a report of a gunshot wound. Deputies found a woman who said her husband, Scroggins, had shot her in the shoulder before running into a nearby orchard.
The Kern County Sheriff’s Office Helicopter and Farmersville Police officers assisted deputies with the search for Scroggins. The orchards around the home have been cleared, but Scroggins was not found.
On May 31, the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office filed criminal charges against Scroggins for incidents occurring on May 21, 2019 and May 22, 2019, including the attempted murder of his wife as well as other violent crimes. Scroggins was charged with a dozen felony counts including attempted murder, two counts of assault with a Beretta handgun, assault with a crowbar, false imprisonment by violence, criminal threats, dissuading a witness from reporting a crime, two counts of child abuse, injuring a spouse, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and being a felon in possession of ammunition. Multiple charges are enhanced with numerous special allegations.
If convicted of all charges, this is a third strike against Scroggins who faces 123 years-to-life in prison. Scroggins rap sheet dates back nearly 20 years. On June 20, 2001, he was convicted of being in possession of a controlled substance. In 2002, he was found guilty of criminal threats and in 2004 he was convicted of criminal threats and dissuading a witness from filing a police report.
Arraignment was held at 1:30 p.m. on Monday at the Tulare County Pretrial Facility where bail and a future court date will be set.