Nine Hour Standoff Concludes With Arrest of Convicted Felon

Ofc. Stephen Anderson, PIO


Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at 9:54 a.m.


Nearly 9 hour standoff with barricaded suspect concludes with arrest of convicted felon

On September 6, 2021 just before 8:00am, SPD officers responded to the 1500 block of E. 7th Avenue for a report of a burglary which occurred in the overnight hours.

Upon arrival, the officers contacted the victim. The victim told the officers she knew who the suspect was, and provided them with a name and a possible location.

Officers learned the alleged suspect was wanted on a warrant for felony Harassment, and a separate full extradition felony warrant out of Idaho. As officers knocked on the door of the residence where the suspect was believed to be located to continue their investigation, the suspect answered the front door and immediately slammed the door on the officers.

Due to the suspect being a convicted felon currently wanted on several felony warrants and having barricaded himself inside the residence, patrol officers immediately set up containment on the residence to prevent the suspect from fleeing into the community while additional SPD resources were requested.

For the safety of the suspect, the community, and the officers, resources from SPD SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics), Hostage Negotiation Team, K9, and UAS Team (Drone), were requested to assist bring the incident to a peaceful conclusion.

A search warrant for the residence was obtained. As the incident progressed, SPD learned the suspect potentially barricaded himself in the attic of the residence.

Several hours of de-escalation oriented communication tactics were attempted to include several warnings of potential force options, however the suspect refused to engage in any type of communication with on-scene personnel.

Due to the danger to officers entering a very small space where the suspect maintained a fortified position of advantage, chemical agents were utilized and were initially unsuccessful.

SPD continued to encourage the suspect to surrender peacefully to avoid any additional application of force. Unfortunately, he refused all efforts and attempts to communicate.

After nearly 9 hours, K9 Trace was deployed in the attic of the residence. K9 Trace located the suspect in a fortified position, where he remained uncooperative.

A chemical agent was successfully deployed, and the suspect was taken into custody without further incident.

This incident highlights the capability and importance of SPD K9. K9 Trace located a dangerous suspect in a space difficult for SPD officers to maneuver safely without the risk of being exposed to serious injury.

The suspect was identified as Jack Magness (33 y/o). Magness was taken into custody for his outstanding felony warrants and was charged with Fugitive from Justice, Resisting Arrest, and Obstructing a Law Enforcement Officer.



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