Armed man arrested in Gold Canyon following police standoff

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GOLD CANYON, Ariz. -- A standoff with an armed suspect in Gold Canyon who threatened suicide has ended peacefully.

Pinal County Sheriff's spokesman Jim Knupp said deputies responded Saturday afternoon to someone firing a handgun outside a home.

Knupp said deputies arrived and found the home on fire. Witnesses told them 47-year-old Kent Johnson had fled the scene in an SUV with at least three guns.

Mario and Carmen Marsili were at home when they heard commotion. Mario Marsili was working in his garage.

"I ran to the garage because I thought he had hurt himself," Carmen Marsili said. "It sounded like it was in the house, it was huge."

Mario Masili said he remembers a few minutes passed. "I hear strange noises like a crescendo of pop, pop, pop, loud, loud and louder until it became apparent like gunfire," he said.

Carmen Masili and her husband went outside to discover a house closeby was engulfed in flames.

Ammunition was exploding inside while firefighters were on their way to the scene.

When fire crews got there, they faced a big challenge, thanks to the homeowner.

"He had put furniture in the doorway in a way that would not be normal," fire investigator Dave Montgomery said.

Neighbors said they saw Johnson leaving in a Jeep.

Deputies and Apache Junction police located the suspect just east of the residence. He allegedly made threats to commit "suicide-by-cop."

Another neighbor said he witnessed Johnson in a standoff with deputies.

"One of the deputies did say when he came to evacuate the pool in case there was gunfire, he said he (Johnson) had two handguns and a shotgun, so he was armed," Dave Parks said.

Knupp said officers used non-lethal force after an hour of negotiations and Johnson was taken into custody without incident.

Johnson was treated for minor injuries.

Firefighters say nobody was in the home during the fire.

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Armed man arrested in Gold Canyon following police standoff

GOLD CANYON, Ariz. (AP) -- A standoff with an armed suspect in Gold Canyon who threatened suicide has ended peacefully.

Pinal County Sheriff's spokesman Jim Knupp says deputies responded Saturday afternoon to someone firing a handgun outside a home.

Knupp says deputies arrived and found the home on fire. Witnesses told them 47-year-old Kent Johnson had fled the scene in an SUV with at least three guns.

Knupp says deputies and Apache Junction police located the suspect just east of the residence.

He allegedly made threats to commit "suicide-by-cop." Knupp says officers used non-lethal force after an hour of negotiations and Johnson was taken into custody without incident.

He was treated for minor injuries.

Firefighters say nobody was in the home during the fire.

It is unknown what charges Johnson will face.

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