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UPDATE: Nampa felon arrested after chases and standoff near Northwest Nazarene University

An attempt to arrest a Nampa man on a felony warrant led to a car chase, foot chase and an hourslong standoff in a neighborhood near Northwest Nazarene University Thursday night.

John M. Fulton, 36, was wanted on two warrants, including an Idaho Department of Correction warrant for absconding, Nampa Police Chief Craig Kingsbury said. He had been convicted on a narcotics charge, he said.

Thursday night’s chain of events started at about 7:15 p.m. when Nampa police tried to stop a vehicle near Amity and Happy Valley that Fulton was a passenger in. According to police, Fulton left the vehicle while it was still moving and ran on foot through the parking lot of a gas station. He then got back into the vehicle, the driver got out and Fulton sped away, according to police.

That led to a car chase that police soon ended to avoid danger to the public, Kingsbury said.

The search for Fulton continued, and officers spotted his abandoned car, with Fulton walking nearby. Officers chased him on foot from the area near Amity and Fern, but Fulton ran into a house in the 900 block of East Clark Avenue, about two blocks from where the car was abandoned, Kingsbury said.

When Fulton ran into the house, another man and two women inside ran out. They told police they didn’t know the man, Kingsbury said.

Police immediately surrounded the house, bringing in numerous police cars, an armored vehicle, the tactical response team and crisis negotation team. Officers contacted residents of adjacent homes and suggested they stay inside, but no one was evacuated, Kingsbury said.

It is unknown whether Fulton was armed, the police chief said, but police had been told he had a weapon earlier in the day.

Officers used a bullhorn and telephone to try to talk Fulton into coming out peaceably. He was finally taken into custody at about 1:40 a.m.

“Time is on our side,” Kingsbury told the Statesman at around 11 p.m. “We’re just going to slow things down and do what we can to make sure this ends peacefully.”

Police blocked off Clark Avenue between Fern and Elder streets, plus adjacent alleys during the standoff.

A check of Idaho online court records for Fulton showed several convictions in Canyon County including misdemeanor battery and assault charges in 2010; felony aiding and abetting drug delivery in 2002 and a 2000 charge of felony drug possession. In Ada County, he was convicted in 2012 for DUI and unlawful possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. The record described him as a persistent violator.

New charges Friday include two felonies — fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle with a persistent violator enhancement — and two misdemeanors — driving without privileges and resisting officers.

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