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Police: Man killed in Kenwood standoff suffered apparent self-inflicted gunshot

A Napa man fatally shot in a 19-hour standoff with law enforcement in Kenwood last week died from a single gunshot wound to the chest that authorities say appears to have been self-inflicted.

The preliminary finding came in an autopsy performed Monday on Miguel Angel Garcia, 32, Petaluma police reported.

Garcia had no other gunshot injuries except the close-contact wound to his chest, despite some gunfire exchanged with sheriff's deputies during the prolonged wait for his surrender, police said.

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He had threatened to take his life during the standoff, or force authorities to take his life for him — an act known as "suicide by cop," the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office said.

Monday marked the first time a law enforcement agency has confirmed Garcia's identity. He had previously been identified by a resident and an owner of the Hoff Road property where Garcia barricaded himself inside a trailer late on the night of April 1.

During periodic negotiations preceding his death, Garcia confessed to a number of violent crimes, including murder, the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office said.

Garcia reportedly told law enforcement officials where to find a slaying victim, leading authorities Thursday to find a man's remains near Lake Hennessey in east Napa County.

An autopsy was conducted Monday on the slain man, but no results were being released, Napa County Sheriff's Capt. Steve Blower said.

Blower also said the victim's name was not available for publication.

Garcia was wanted on criminal charges out of Napa County when authorities surrounded the trailer off Hoff Road last Tuesday.


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