Ten-Hour Standoff Ends Safely In Bovill

A ten-hour standoff in Bovill between a suicidal man and the Latah County Sheriff’s Office ended safely on Friday night.

The incident began around 11:30 Friday morning when deputies went to a home on 2nd Avenue in Bovill for a welfare check.  When deputies contacted 47-year-old Bradley Winans he allegedly brandished a firearm.  Deputies quickly moved back and set up a perimeter around the home.  Students at nearby Bovill Elementary School were transported to the Deary School to be picked up by their parents.  Close neighbors were also evacuated.  Negotiators began communicating with Winans while the sheriff’s SWAT team and an Idaho State Police SWAT team were called in.

After several hours of failed efforts to get Winans to surrender the SWAT teams gassed the home around 9:30 Friday night and then made entry into the residence.  Winans was taken into custody and was transported by a Deary Ambulance crew to Gritman Medical Center in Moscow for a mental evaluation.  After being evaluated Winans was booked into the Latah County Sheriff’s office jail in Moscow for aggravated assault.  You can listen to Sheriff Richie Skiles commend the safe outcome of the incident by clicking on the audio file below.

The sheriff’s office was also assisted by the Moscow Police Department, Idaho Fish and Game and the Bovill Volunteer Fire Department.  The City of Bovill helped out by allowing the sheriff’s office to use city hall for its command post.