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Body in Napa County linked to Kenwood standoff suspect

The fugitive who died Wednesday in Kenwood after an exchange of gunfire with sheriff's deputies confessed to an earlier killing and told negotiators in the 19-hour standoff where to find the body, Sonoma County sheriff's officials said Friday.

On Thursday, authorities discovered the body near Lake Hennessey, in eastern Napa County, Napa County Sheriff's Capt. Steve Blower said.

The slain man hasn't been identified and a motive for his death remained unclear Friday, Blower said.

Kenwood Police Standoff

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Miguel Angel Garcia, 32, was wanted in Napa County on several felony charges, including child endangerment and illegal possession of a gun and drugs.

As negotiators tried to coax him from a trailer in Kenwood, Garcia told them he had killed someone and committed other recent violent crimes, according to the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office.

Garcia refused to surrender from the trailer where he'd barricaded himself late Tuesday off Hoff Road and he died Wednesday night after suffering at least one gunshot wound to the chest, according to Petaluma police.

It remained unclear Friday what other crimes in the region he may have committed.

Garcia appears to have a criminal record in Mendocino County, where court and law enforcement documents show at least three arrests — on child endangerment, drug and weapons charges and conspiracy — resulting in at least one conviction. Some of the records are attached to Garcia under a different last name — Marron.

The new details emerged Friday afternoon as Sonoma County sheriff's officials presented a different sequence of events during the final moments of the fatal standoff.

The new information did not, however, clarify whether Garcia died as a result of deputies' gunfire or possibly of a self-inflicted gunshot.


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