Kirtland man charged with assault after four-hour standoff

The Daily Times staff
The Daily Times

FARMINGTON — A 47-year-old Kirtland man who barricaded himself in his home Thursday evening, reportedly after an argument over the board game Axis and Allies, was charged today with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and child abuse.

San Juan County Sheriff's Office deputies were sent to a home on Road 6333 in Kirtland at about 5:30 p.m. after a report that shots had been fired. The wife of James Guy told deputies that her husband had hit her on the head and pointed a handgun at her, according to a Sheriff's Office press release.

The woman told deputies that an argument had started over her husband's nonstop playing of Axis and Allies, which she "ruined" after he called her names. She said he pushed her and struck her on the head with an unknown object before pulling a handgun and pointing it at her. She told deputies that she yelled at her oldest daughter to call 911.

Guy allegedly told the woman he was going to kill her. The woman told deputies she ran from the room and then heard a gun shot. Thinking he might have killed himself she said she looked back into the room, but he was sitting down and allegedly yelled that he was going to kill her and then himself.

The woman told deputies she gathered her four young children and fled the residence for the Kirtland police substation. She said she heard four or five more shots but did not turn around to look.

SWAT teams from the Sheriff's Office and the Farmington Police Department surrounded the house and asked Guy to surrender himself. After about four hours, detectives secured a search warrant and the SWAT team entered the residence where Guy eventually surrendered. No one was injured.

Guy has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, child abuse and battery against a household member.

Friday morning he was being held at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on a $20,000 cash or surety bond.