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Man in Fountaingrove police standoff charged with six felonies

  • 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)

A Santa Rosa man who police said fired at his wife and a locksmith as she tried to gain entry to their Fountaingrove home was charged Wednesday with six felonies that could carry a lengthy prison term.

James Carl Provost, 43, a local business developer and property manager, was arrested Thursday after an 11-hour standoff triggered by the shooting at his Sedgemoore Drive home.

Provost initially was held on suspicion of attempted murder and his bail set at $1 million.

Police Standoff In Fountaingrove

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But prosecutors Wednesday didn't file the attempted murder charge. Instead, Provost was charged with two counts of firing a gun at an unoccupied vehicle, two counts of negligent firearm discharge and two counts of vandalism — all felonies.

If convicted, he faces a maximum five years in prison, prosecutor Tania Partida said.

She said the evidence supported those charges.

"We are expecting more evidence to come in," Partida said.

Provost was free on a reduced bail of $100,000. He declined to comment as he left the courtroom.

"There was no attempted murder here," said his lawyer, Orchid Vaghti. "He wasn't trying to kill anyone."

Provost was ordered to return Oct. 30 to enter a plea.


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