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.
At one point after deputies announced shots were fired from the trailer, Heidi Porch, a neighbor immediately adjacent to the trailer property, who was on the phone with the Index-Tribune at the time, reported hearing a burst of 19 gunshots. It was not possible to determine who was firing at whom. At roughly the same time, comments could be heard on the police radio that the interior of the trailer was on fire.
At approximately 6:40 p.m. Garcia, who is listed in police records as being 5-feet, 4-inches tall and weighing about 170 pounds, was reported exiting the trailer and dropping to the ground. From that point on he did not move. SWAT team members could be heard preparing to deploy a robot to approach Garcia’s body as a deputy, apparently looking through a spotting scope, reported, “I can see his right hand. There is no movement in his right hand. I cannot see his left hand. There is no movement in his lower body.”
A K-9 unit was on the scene and a police dog was sent to inspect Garcia. There was no reaction from the body on the ground.
Ultimately, a tactical medic inspected the body and declared a code “10-55,” meaning it was now a coroner’s case. Garcia was declared dead at about 6:52 p.m.
At press time, authorities were still unclear whether Garcia died from shots fired by Sheriff’s deputies, or from his own gun.
As an “officer-involved shooting,” the case is now being investigated by the Petaluma Police Department, which would not, as of late Thursday afternoon, add further details to the incident.
According to a Sheriff’s Office news release, the standoff on the roughly four-acre rural property, just north of Kenwood, began just before midnight Tuesday when the Napa County Major Crimes Task Force asked the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office for agency assistance after tracing Garcia to the Hoff Road trailer.