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Hours-long standoff resulted in arrest of a man



Jamestown, North Dakota – After a standoff that lasted more than five hours in Jamestown, a man was brought to the hospital for treatment.

At around 10:45 in the morning, officers were sent to the 100 block of 5th Street Northwest after receiving a report of a woman who escaped from captivity after being threatened with murder and held against her will by a man.

When police arrived, the man was barricaded inside the home.

According to Police Chief Scott Edinger, Kevin Garnica, 41, who had warrants out of Pierce County, threatened to murder law enforcement.

Responding officers suspected that Garnica was armed with a gun and a knife. Several hours later, Garnica made an attempt to flee the apartment with a knife. After that, the officers opened fire and he ran back inside.

Ultimately, at around 4:30, officers used tear gas and arrested Garnica without further incident.

The officers were treated for gas exposure, and Garnica was transported to a hospital.

The Stutsman County State’s Attorney has been provided with the reports in order to determine possible charges.