Rogers standoff ends after deputies deploy gas

Rogers standoff ends after deputies deploy gas

ROGERS — Benton County Sheriff’s Office deputies used a chemical agent to end an hourslong standoff Wednesday with a man who had barricaded himself in his home, a Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman said.

Deputies arrived between 7 and 7:30 a.m. at 12929 Walnut Valley Road — just east of the municipal airport — to take Garron Cannon, 29, to a court-ordered mental evaluation, said Lt. Shannon Jenkins, the Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman.

Cannon refused to go with deputies and barricaded himself in an recreational vehicle on the property, Jenkins said.

“At that point, deputies backed off, and we called in our SWAT negotiators to come in and kind of help get him out safely and to where he needs to be,” Jenkins said.

There was some communication between negotiators and Cannon, she said.

“We realized we weren’t going to be able to get anywhere with him, so we deployed some gas rounds into the RV in hopes we could get him safely out,” she said.

Cannon came to the door, and authorities realized he was armed with a knife. He was apprehended safely about 10 a.m. and no one was hurt, Jenkins said.

Cannon has a history of mental illness and has fired rounds at law enforcement in the past, Jenkins said. Cannon didn’t shoot at deputies during Wednesday’s incident, she said.

Cannon was sentenced in 2015 to three years in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated assault and terroristic threatening, according to court documents. He admitted to using a Glock pistol to shoot out his front door at deputies and threatening to kill one of the deputies, according to court documents.

Jenkins said she didn’t know whether charges would result from Wednesday’s incident.

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To see video from the standoff, click here: nwaonline.com/1118standoff/

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