18-Hour Standoff Ends on Fort Hall Indian Reservation Peacefully

fort-hall-police-deptFORT HALL INDIAN RESERVATION — An armed man who barricaded himself in tribal housing area surrendered Saturday evening after an 18-hour standoff on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation in Idaho.

The Fort Hall Emergency Operations Center was activated at about 4:00 a.m. local time Saturday morning when tribal law enforcement received calls a man was shooting inside a house. As police arrived the man barricaded himself inside the tribal housing unit. Residents on the reservation within the immediate area were evacuated to avoid harm.

Road blocks were set up on the reservation at four points.

Support was provided by Fort Hall Police, Fort Hall Corrections, Idaho SWAT team, tribal personnel and the FBI, according to Angelo Gonzales, executive director of Shoshone Bannock Tribes.

By 6:30 a.m. a negotiator from the FBI was requested and arrived on the scene at 8:11 a.m.

The man shot several rounds of ammunition at law enforcement officers during the standoff. The man held no hostages during the standoff.

Gonzales told media the man was agitated during the confrontation and a various times poked his head out a window and yelled at police officers.

Early Saturday evening FBI Special Agent Todd Palmer released a statement indicating law enforcement was “working to peacefully resolve a situation on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation. At this time there is no danger to the community and surrounding residences have been evacuated.”

By 9:30 p.m. Saturday night, the man surrendered to police and was taken into custody. Residents were allowed to return to their homes.







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