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Fugitive dies in Kenwood standoff

The wanted gunman who initiated a 20-hour standoff with a swarm of law enforcement officers at a Kenwood trailer on Hoff Road, before being shot to death Wednesday evening, has been identified as a 32-year-old Napa resident named Miguel Angel Garcia. He had been armed with what was reported to be an assault rifle.

Garcia, a previously convicted felon, was wanted by Napa police for failing to appear in court on charges of child endangerment, illegal firearm and ammunition possession, receiving stolen property and possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

The charges were the outgrowth of a Feb. 8 arrest, during which Napa police found two loaded handguns (one of them stolen) in Garcia’s apartment, following a traffic stop in which police discovered methamphetamine, a drug pipe, the ammunition magazine for a handgun and a rifle scope in his car.

The Kenwood standoff ended shortly before 7 p.m. Wednesday after the Sonoma County Sheriff’s SWAT team fired as many as a dozen tear gas canisters into the travel trailer in which Garcia had barricaded himself. The tear gas barrage was punctuated by gunshots on at least two occasions, according to a witness account and voice reports heard over the Sheriff’s radio frequency.

Sheriff’s deputies could be heard speaking through a bullhorn ordering Garcia to come out with his hands in the air and to lie down on the ground.


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