Police Standoff on 3/5/19

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Police Standoff on 3/5/19

Laila Avery, Reporter

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    On March 5th, a police standoff occurred in the eastern part of Sierra Vista. The Herald reports that the hostage situation took place at the 900 block of Verde Drive at around 10:40 am, in which a young adult male had threatened a relative with a .45 semi-automatic pistol, firing a round. The victim, his father, who was in a wheelchair, was successfully removed from the house, but the suspect had barricaded himself inside. Officers got ahold of the suspect via phone, and he threatened to shoot any officer that came closer to the home. According to Pinal Central, they continued to try to negotiate with him for more than three hours. At an unaccounted time, a gunshot was fired, and the police officers used a robot to inspect the home for safety. Once it was determined that the premises were safe, the officers went into the house to find the 33-year-old man on the ground with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was still alive, and was air evacuated to Tucson, but he died later than night.