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.
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.
Sonoma County Sheriff Steve Freitas did not return calls to his office Friday.
Two days after the shooting, the Sheriff's Office and the Petaluma Police Department, which is investigating the incident, continued to withhold key details, including whether Garcia was armed in the moments before he collapsed outside the trailer door. They have refused even to provide his name, which was confirmed by others on the property.
But Sonoma County Sheriff's Capt. Rob Giordano said Friday it was his understanding that the initial information given by sheriff's officials was incorrect and that none of the SWAT deputies fired at the man as he stood at the door.
Gunfire from deputies had apparently come while the man still was in the trailer, Giordano said.
"My understanding is all the shots were fired before the door opened," Giordano said.
A Sonoma County sheriff's press release issued hours after the death said SWAT deputies had perceived a threat and "engaged their weapons" as the man appeared at the doorway.
In the last minutes of the standoff, as many as 26 SWAT deputies from Sonoma and Napa counties were stationed around the trailer. An additional 20 or so law enforcement officers also were at the scene.
Tear gas canisters were fired into the trailer and in response, Garcia fired multiple shots. The suspect's gunfire peppered law enforcement vehicles, close to where some officers were stationed, according to officials. A bullet also went through the window of a nearby home.
At least one deputy fired at the trailer in response and more tear gas was deployed inside, according to Petaluma police.
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