Distress calls to the Visalia Police Department lead to the arrest of James Edward Jackson for brandishing a firearm in the mall parking lot

VISALIA – In a tense afternoon at the local mall, a flurry of distress calls summoned Visalia police officers to respond swiftly because a man, armed with multiple replica firearms, triggered panic among citizens at a food truck.

Just before 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 10, Visalia Police Department officers responded to the Visalia Mall on Mooney Boulevard after receiving multiple reports of a man with a gun. When officers arrived, they were told a man was pointing a gun at multiple people at a food truck in the mall parking lot.

The victims told officers they feared for their lives when they saw the gun pointed at them and hid until officers arrived on scene. James Edward Jackson, 69,  was contacted and found with multiple replica firearms at the scene.

Jackson was arrested and will be booked at the Tulare County Adult Pre-Trial Facility for brandishing firearms and altering of replica firearms.

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Oct. 11

Around 9:15 a.m., Visalia Fire Department firefighters were called to the 2300 block of W. Delta Visalia Ave. for a house fire. When crews arrived, they were told the fire was coming from the back patio of the home. Fire personnel worked quickly to control the fire.

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Visalia Police Department

Two people were inside the home but had safely self-evacuated prior to crews arriving on scene. There were four dogs at the home. Unfortunately, two dogs died in the fire.

Three engines and two ladder trucks responded, along with two battalion chiefs and one safety training officer. There was extensive damage to the home.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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