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Santa Rosa police standoff ends in arrest

  • Members of the Santa Rosa Police and Sonoma County Sheriff's Office SWAT teams apprehend Jim Provost near his home on Sedgemoore Drive in Santa Rosa, California on Thursday, October 10, 2013. (BETH SCHLANKER/ The Press Democrat)

Police said they were called late Wednesday night after a domestic argument at the residence Provost reportedly had been sharing with his 40-year-old wife of just a few months.

Authorities said Provost had locked his wife outside in the midst of the argument, and is suspected of firing a gun at her and a locksmith she had called to help her get back in, authorities said.

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Police said the first shot was fired from inside the home and that Provost exited the house, firing as many as four more shots, as the woman and locksmith attempted to flee. Two vehicles in the area were struck by gunfire, police said. No one was injured.

Another neighbor, Todd Wright, said he was about to go to bed when he heard gunfire and someone screaming something like, "Oh my God, he has a gun."

Provost's wife, whose name is being withheld because she's the victim of suspected domestic violence, and the locksmith hid behind some garbage cans while police were en route, authorities said.

Authorities quickly surrounded the multi-level, hillside home, blocking off much of the roadway and evacuating several neighbors.

The department's SWAT team was called in, along with a hostage negotiator who attempted through the night, without success, to contact Provost, who was believed to be in the house, police said.

A large mobile command unit from the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department, a fire engine and two ambulances were staged nearby for the duration of the standoff, though it ultimately ended without the need for medical providers.

An armored vehicle was stationed in front of Provost's home for hours with a member of the SWAT team posted on top, his weapon trained at the front of the house.


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