7 p.m. UPDATE:
The 22-hour standoff ended shortly before 7 p.m. Wednesday when the unidentified man staggered out of a trailer and collapsed. He was declared dead by a medic at about 6:52 p.m.
After a long afternoon when the man alternately said he would surrender and then reneged, law enforcement personnel started notifying neighbors along Hoff Road shortly after 6 p.m. that the end of the standoff was approaching.
Law enforcement personnel started lobbing ban grenades into the trailer at about 6:27 and started lobbing teargas containers moments later.
At about 6:40 p.m., the man staggered from the trailer and was seen lying on the ground. He didn’t respond when a K-9 was deployed.
About this time, the trailer was reported on fire and personnel dragged the man away from the trailer when it became fully involved.
The I-T will have more details as they are released.
A nearly day-long standoff on a rural property in Kenwood continued Wednesday, with authorities saying an armed man inside a trailer was still refusing to come out and has threatened to shoot police if they try to force him out.
The man, who has not been identified, is said to be a fugitive from Napa County who is wanted for assault with a deadly weapon. He and his girlfriend were known to be on the Kenwood property – located on Hoff Road, a one-block-long country lane extending off Highway 12 – as of about 9 p.m. Tuesday night, according to Sonoma police Chief Bret Sackett.
Sackett said the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office had learned the man was fleeing a felony warrant out of Napa and that “he may be armed and he may have other people inside the trailer.” Authorities later said they believed he had an assault rifle.
Officers surrounded the property, including SWAT teams, Santa Rosa police officers and sheriff’s deputies from Sonoma and Napa counties.
The other person was his girlfriend, and the suspect apparently would not release her at first, making it a hostage situation. “We entered into negotiations all evening” with the suspect, Sackett said, and on Wednesday morning the woman was let out of the trailer. By 10 a.m. she was being interviewed at the Sheriff’s Office in Santa Rosa, according to reports.
A half-hour later, Sackett said the man was still inside the trailer, and that “Negotiations are ongoing with the suspect in the case. We hope for a peaceful resolution soon.”
“Me too,” said the owner of the property, who asked not to be identified. He told a reporter that he keeps the trailer on his property and that a friend has lived there off and on for 15 years.
This friend got a call sometime Tuesday that another person wanted to stay with him, the property owner said. The friend-of-a-friend turned out to be the fugitive.
“No good deed goes unpunished,” the Kenwood man said.
He said that “We were sound asleep” in the middle of the night Wednesday when the commotion really started. His wife awoke to police lights, and two flash-bang grenades were set off by authorities, waking many neighbors on Hoff Road.