A 56-year-old Nampa man reportedly shot himself in his Hudson Avenue home late Thursday afternoon, ending a standoff with police that lasted several hours.
The incident began at 1:13 p.m. when the man’s wife called police dispatch, saying that “she and her husband were in an argument and a fight, and he had a firearm,” Nampa Police Sgt. Joe Ramirez said.
It ended more than three hours later when officers heard a gunshot and entered the home, finding the injured man inside, Ramirez said. The man never responded to police efforts to communicate with him during the standoff, he said.
The man was alive and transported to a local hospital by ambulance, he said, declining to give specific information about the man’s injuries. Information about his condition was not available Thursday night, but Ramirez said the man’s name and condition will likely be released Friday.
Three houses — one on each side of the man’s house and one behind — were evacuated during the standoff, and Hudson Avenue was closed between Stanford and Canyon. Police presence was heavy, including the department’s special operations team — tactical response, bomb unit and negotiators.
When officers arrived at the house in the 200 block of Hudson Avenue, they found the husband and wife outside the home, Ramirez said, but the husband “managed to get back into the house and barricade himself.”
The wife told officers the man was armed and threatening suicide. The man was alone in the house throughout the standoff.
Officers questioned the wife at the police station after the standoff ended, Ramirez said, adding that she is not under suspicion.
Nampa police have responded to calls at the home about five times in the past, he said, adding that most of the calls were for welfare checks.