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Man arrested after standoff with law enforcement in Jamestown

The man was arrested in front of an apartment building at 119 5th St. NW where he was reportedly armed with a gun and a knife.

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A suspect involved in a five-hour standoff with law enforcement in Jamestown crawls out of his dwelling Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022, after being "bombed" with some type of gas.
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JAMESTOWN – Law enforcement arrested a man after an hours-long standoff Thursday that evacuated an apartment building and nearby day care in northwest Jamestown.

According to police, some citizens showed up at the scene to help armed with firearms.

Kevin Gene Garnica, no confirmed address, was arrested at about 4:20 p.m. in front of an apartment building at 119 5th St. NW where he was reportedly armed with a gun and a knife, said
Jamestown Chief of Police Scott Edinger.

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Law enforcement administer some type of gas into an apartment where a male suspect was in a standoff situation Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022, in Jamestown.
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During the standoff, members of the James Valley Special Operations Team dropped some type of gas where a window was taken out by a mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle with a ram. Shortly after, Garnica was asked to crawl out the front door. Earlier, the vehicle had opened the front door to the building.

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A Stutsman County Special Operations vehicle uses an extended ram to knock out a window Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022, in a residence in Jamestown where a man was in a standoff situation with law enforcement.
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Edinger said a woman fled the residence before law enforcement arrived but added that details of the incident were not clear. He said the initial information law enforcement received was that Garnica had a knife and later claimed he had a gun.

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Local law enforcement had an apartment dwelling surrounded for several hours Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022, as a man was involved in a standoff situation.
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Law enforcement went to the scene at around 10 a.m. Thursday. A perimeter was set up initially but was later expanded and several streets were closed.

“We locked down a little tighter because obviously, that is more of a concern at distance,” Edinger said, referring to the man’s claim of having a gun. “That’s when we evacuated the day care.”

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A few local businesses were forced to close up for a few hours on Thurday, Aug. 4, 2022, during the standoff situation with law enforcement in Jamestown.
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Garnica initially came out the front door of the apartment building at about 1:45 p.m. The door was opened with the ambush vehicle about five minutes before he came outside.

Garnica appeared to set something on the ground before returning to the inside of the building. Edinger said he saw Garnica reach down and set something down but did not know what it was.

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An individual exits an apartment building in northwest Jamestown brandishing a knife to his arm during a standoff with law enforcement on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022.
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Garnica then came outside shortly before 2 p.m. holding a knife to his arm before he was shot “a number of times” with less-than-lethal rounds, Edinger said.

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The standoff suspect flinches after getting hit with less-lethal rounds fired from law enforcement in Jamestown on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022.
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“Then he retreated back in and then decided to start negotiating with us,” he said.

Edinger said less-lethal rounds look like bullets that come out of a military-style grenade launcher but the front 2 inches are made out of foam rubber or wood.

Edinger said Garnica claimed he was injured. It was not clear if Edinger meant he was injured from the less-lethal rounds.

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The standoff suspect retreats to an apartment building after getting hit with less-lethal rounds fired from law enforcement in Jamestown on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022.
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The Special Operations Team used a small remote-controlled robot that has cameras and speakers.

“We can send that in and talk to them and deliver like in this case a phone so we can communicate,” he said.

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A special robot was used Thursday to get inside a dwelling where the man in the standoff was located.
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People bring guns to scene

Edinger said there was a problem trying to keep people outside of the perimeter that was established. He said people thought they could drive around it.

“We are having to watch over the public to make sure some of those very obvious things are not being violated,” he said. “Then people (are) wanting to take matters into their own hands and bring their own guns. Those things are not helpful. We have a situation going on, and we have somebody that wants to handle it themselves. I get parents are looking to get their kids out of day care but they are making things way worse.”

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Law enforcement had their weapons drawn on the entrance door of this residence where a man was inside and having a standoff with officials.
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The Special Operations Team includes members of the Jamestown Police Department, Stutsman County Sheriff’s Office, Stutsman County Sheriff’s Reserve and the North Dakota Highway Patrol. The James River crisis negotiations team, Jamestown Area Ambulance, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department and Emergency Management was also on the scene.

Masaki Ova joined The Jamestown Sun in August 2021 as a reporter. He grew up on a farm near Pingree, N.D. He majored in communications at the University of Jamestown, N.D.
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