Monday standoff ends with arrest
KINGMAN - Three men, including one suspect who barricaded himself inside a mobile home for more than an hour, were arrested Monday after detectives with the Mohave Area General Narcotics Enforcement Team responded to a residence on Berk Ave. looking for a wanted felon.
MAGNET had gotten a tip that Denis Patrick Kirby, 39, was staying at a home in the 500 block of Berk Avenue. The Mohave County Sheriff's Office had been looking for Kirby since serving a search warrant at his home in the 2200 block of E. Buckhorn Bend Thursday.
Kirby was wanted on a felony warrant issued out of Ventura County in California on charges of taking someone's identity and two burglaries.
When detectives went to the Berk Ave. home Monday morning, they found Kirby inside with two other men, identified as Darald Wayne Dreier and Robert Kelly Hamlin. A records check showed both Dreier and Hamlin to have outstanding warrants.
Kirby and Hamlin were arrested without incident, while Dreier barricaded himself inside a bathroom when authorities arrived, said Trish Carter, spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Office.
Several times during the standoff the suspect lobbed back pepper spray canisters that deputies had thrown into the mobile home. The deputies then resorted to holding their riot shields over the window to prevent the suspect from throwing the canisters back.
Dreier also threatened to harm himself with a knife during negotiations, Carter said.
Deputies eventually entered the bathroom and took Dreier into custody, using beanbag rounds and pepper spray to subdue him.
Witnesses said they saw two unmarked police vehicles pull up to the residence around 11 a.m. More than a dozen units with the Mohave County Sheriff's Office and the Kingman Police Department assisted at the scene.
"Every cop for two counties, it looked like," said one man.
River Medical and the Kingman Fire Department also provided assistance, including treating the suspect once he was in custody. He had minor self-inflicted wounds, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Neighbors said police have been to the residence several times in recent months. The homeowner was not among the three arrested, according to neighbors. The owner was allowed by police to leave the scene during the standoff and returned shortly after it ended.
Dreier has been wanted for endangerment since Dec. 8, according to the Mohave County Probation Department.
Hamlin, 41, was arrested on a probation violation misdemeanor warrant and a failure to pay fines misdemeanor warrant, both issued by Kingman Municipal Court.