Man killed in Kenwood standoff was Napa fugitive (w/video)

  • Area law enforcement process evidence at the scene following a police standoff and death of Miguel Garcia, on Hoff Rd on Thursday, April 3, 2014 in Kenwood, California. (BETH SCHLANKER/ The Press Democrat)

Late Thursday, Petaluma police said the man had suffered an apparent gunshot wound to his chest.

Other information remained sketchy Thursday, with authorities withholding numerous key details, including whether the man was armed when he appeared at the trailer door, where deputies "engaged the suspect with their weapons," according to sheriff's officials.

Officers at the scene on Hoff Road had credible information the man was armed and had been involved in violence, authorities said.

Kenwood Police Standoff


Stapleton said he could not release some information because detectives were still determining what happened.

"It was a very complex event. It's going to take us some time ... before we can articulate the precise sequence of events," Stapleton said.

Meanwhile, a man who was with Garcia at the outset of the nearly 20-hour standoff described the initial moments, including his escape from the trailer where, he said, he saw Garcia pull a black rifle from a duffel bag.

Outside, the 43-year-old handyman — who gave only his first name, Victor — encountered a large contingent of heavily armed officers.

"He looked normal," Victor said of Garcia. He said he knew the man's girlfriend, who became a hostage during the standoff before she was let out of the trailer more than 10 hours into the ordeal. "He didn't look like a drug addict or anything like that," Victor said. "I never thought something like that would happen."

Garcia, who also went by the name Marron Garcia according to court records, was wanted on a $150,000 warrant stemming from an arrest in February by Napa police. He had illegal weapons, ammunition and methamphetamine at his Napa home where his two young children lived, Napa police Lt. Gary Pitkin said.

Pitkin and a team of Napa County officers went looking for him, following Garcia's cellphone signal. The trail took them Tuesday to Sonoma Valley and a 5th-wheel vacation trailer parked on property on a bucolic lane in western Kenwood.

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