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Santa Rosa police standoff ends in arrest

  • Police arrest Fountaingrove resident Jim Provost after an 11-hour standoff on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013. (BETH SCHLANKER/ PD)

An 11-hour standoff triggered by gunfire in Santa Rosa’s hilltop Fountaingrove neighborhood ended late Thursday morning when police apprehended a local business developer and property manager as he hid in his next-door neighbor’s backyard.

James Carl Provost, 43, was taken into custody by a phalanx of heavily armed tactical officers who surrounded him and shouted for him to surrender after a nightlong vigil at his Sedgemoore Drive home.

Provost was later booked into the Sonoma County Jail on suspicion of attempted murder, police Sgt. David Linscomb said. He was being held in lieu of $1 million bail, jail personnel said.

Police Standoff In Fountaingrove

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His father, William Provost, said family members did not know what triggered the apparent violence and had not had any contact with Jim Provost in the aftermath.

“He’s safe, and that’s the important thing,” the senior Provost said.

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.

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.”

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