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Sheriff: Payette man fired 10 shots inside Caldwell business during standoff

The Canyon County Sheriff's Office says Jens Randall Davis had a stolen gun and started acting strange inside Forterra Structural Precase on Simplot Boulevard west of Caldwell Wednesday morning. (Canyon County Jail mug)

A 57-year-old Payette man fired approximately 10 shots from a stolen handgun inside a Caldwell business during an hours-long standoff with police, authorities say.

The Canyon County Sheriff's Office says Jens Randall Davis had a stolen gun and started acting strange inside Forterra Structural Precase on Simplot Boulevard west of Caldwell Wednesday morning.

Deputies say they tried to Taser Davis, but were unsuccessful. He then went onto the property and barricaded himself and asked police to shoot him.

Hours later, Davis could be heard in the building after he shot his pistol. After deploying pepper gas into the building, Davis again shot through a closed door and wall of the building, deputies say.

It wasn't until shortly after 5 p.m. when Davis was struck with less than lethal rounds. After 45 minutes, he dropped the gun and SWAT members were able to take him into custody.

Davis has been charged with felony in possession of a firearm, grand theft by possession and aggravated assault on law enforcement.

“The initial actions by the workers at the company to move themselves away from the threat was exactly what law enforcement could hope for,” said Sheriff Kieran Donahue. “Their actions eliminated the possibility of a hostage situation and allowed officers to focus on ending the situation as peacefully as possible.”

Davis is scheduled to be arraigned today at 1:30 p.m. at the Canyon County courthouse.


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