UPDATE: Police ID man in custody after armed standoff in Jamestown

Standoff in Jamestown, ND
Standoff in Jamestown, ND(NewsDakota.com)
Published: Aug. 4, 2022 at 3:10 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 4, 2022 at 7:51 PM CDT
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JAMESTOWN, N.D. (Valley News Live/NewsDakota.com) - UPDATE (7:30 PM) - Jamestown Police have identified the man in custody as Kevin Gene Garnica, 41. They say he had made threats in recent weeks that he would injure or kill law enforcement. He also had warrants out for his arrest in Pierce County.

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Emergency officials were on scene of an armed standoff with a man in Jamestown for much of the day on Thursday. Around 4:30 p.m., NewsDakota.com reports the man is now in custody.

Jamestown Police, the Stutsman County Sheriff’s Office, and North Dakota Highway Patrol were called to the scene Thursday morning around 10:00 a.m. Jamestown Police Chief Scott Edinger says they responded to 119 5th Street NW.

“There was a call that a woman had fled the residence. She maybe tried to escape earlier last night, we’re not exactly sure of all the details of what happened there,” Edinger said. “But the individual inside is on probation, has some no-bond warrants and I’m not certain what those warrants are right now, I’m still trying to get that information. But he has barricaded inside and he does claim to have a gun and a knife.”

Edinger says some houses and a nearby daycare were evacuated while they established communication with the individual. He stressed the public needs to stay away from the scene.

“Please stay away. If a police car is blocking the road that is not for you to drive around. That has been a huge problem today, people will come up to the patrol car, think that they can drive on the curb, think they can drive in the parking lane to go around it. You cannot do that. This is a dangerous scene and you need to stay away from it.”

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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