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Redding man arrested following hours-long standoff

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REDDING, Calif. - Redding Police arrested a man following an hours-long standoff on Pine Street.

On Monday morning, officers responded to the 1000 block of Pine Street after getting calls regarding a man that was threatening to kill his neighbors and waved a knife at them. The suspect, identified as 46-year-old Jeffrey Ekwall of Redding, ran back into his apartment and barricaded himself inside.

Ekwall is no stranger to the officers of the Redding Police Department, having been arrested multiple times over the years for various crimes ranging from domestic violence to arson and making criminal threats.

Officers spent more than two hours trying to negotiate with Ekwall, who refused to cooperate. Police say that Ekwall responded to them by yelling vulgarities and throwing things around inside of the residence. The Redding Police Crisis Response Team responded and also attempted to negotiate with Ekwall, but to no avail.

Officers obtained an arrest warrant for Ekwall for making terrorist threats and waving a knife earlier in the day. After Ekwall refused to cooperate with officers, they forced entry into the residence. Ekwall had further barricaded himself in an upstairs bedroom and refused to come out.

Officers were able to make entry into the bedroom and deployed a K9 inside. Ekwall proceeded to jump from the second-story window in an attempt to elude capture. A second K9 who was stationed outside was able to apprehend Ekwall after he landed and attempted to flee from the scene.

Ekwall was taken into custody and will be charged with making criminal terrorist threats, waving a deadly weapon, and resisting arrest.

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