Standoff in Sierra Vista ends peacefully - Tucson News Now

Standoff in Sierra Vista ends peacefully

Craig Ethridge. (Source: Sierra Vista Police Department) Craig Ethridge. (Source: Sierra Vista Police Department)
SIERRA VISTA, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A standoff with an armed man ended peacefully in Sierra Vista Sunday morning, city police said.

The Sierra Vista Police Department said Craig Ethridge was arrested after several hours of negotiations.

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The incident began around 11:35 p.m. Saturday, April 22, when the 30-year-old Ethridge was spotted riding a bicycle without a headlamp.

"When the officer attempted to speak to him, Ethridge rode into the officer’s marked patrol vehicle and walked away," the SVPD said in a news release. "Ethridge ignored commands to stop, pulled out a revolver and told the officer to leave him alone."

Ethridge pointed the gun at his own head and told officers he didn’t want to hurt anybody, according to the SVPD.

Ethridge then ran away from the officer and sat down behind a commercial dumpster while continuing to hold the gun to his head.

After several hours of negotiating, Ethridge was taken into custody without incident.

"The patrol officers, deputies, and tactical officers responded quickly and brought this incident to a peaceful resolution," said Sierra Vista Deputy Police Chief Jon Kosmider. "Situations like this can escalate fast and it's great to see our law enforcement officers use their training and experience to respond in a manner that minimized any potential harm to those involved."

Ethridge was arrested on charges of possession of a dangerous drug, possession of drug paraphernalia, marijuana possession, misconduct involving weapons as a prohibited possessor, violation of promise to appear warrant and probation violation warrant.

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