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Sheriff’s deputies find five weapons while serving search warrant

Sheriff’s deputies find five weapons while serving search warrant

John Godman


POSTED April 9, 2010 11:42 p.m.
Three suspects are in custody after a search warrant for weapons was served in Atwater.
Just before 5 p.m. on Tuesday, State Parole Agent Craig Donnahoe and the Merced Sheriff’s STAR Team served a search warrant in the 500 block of East Juniper in Atwater. Agent Donnahoe’s investigation led him to the address looking for weapons and armed with an arrest warrant for 42-year-old parolee and registered sex offender John Godman.
Also at the residence was Jesse Gatlin, 48, who was also on parole. After serving the search warrant, three shotguns and a .22 caliber rifle along with ammunition for both were located. Also in their possession was a hand held stun gun. Both were taken into custody for being felons in possession of firearms and ammunition, as well as in possession of the stun gun.
While at the residence, Jerry Gatlin, 41, arrived home and became very irate at the officers in his house, according to the sheriff’s department. He began yelling and screaming, then the altercation became physical between Jerry Gatlin and several team members. When it was all said and done, Jerry Gatlin was arrested for battery on a peace officer and resisting arrest, while Agent Donnahoe suffered a cut to his forehead and Sergeant Roseman injured his ribs.  
Jerry Gatlin has already made the $27,000 bail while Jesse Gatlin remains jailed without bail on a parole hold and Godman remains on $60,200 for the arrest warrant which had charges of convicted felon in possession of a firearm, according to sheriff’s spokesperson Deputy Tom MacKenzie. Godman was also charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a stun gun.

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