Matthew Solan has been confirmed as the suspect in the incident yesterday in Williams.
According to Coconino County Sheriff's spokesperson Jon Paxton at 10:17 a.m. on Jan. 30, the Sheriff's office received a report of an aggravated assault and kidnapping in Williams.
The person who notified CCSO said that Solan used a gun to hold him against his will two nights ago prior on Jan. 28 in the Junipine Estates, an area north of Williams.
About an hour after the first dispatch, CCSO deputies along with the Williams Police Department initiated a traffic stop on Solan, who was headed eastbound on Route 66 in Williams. As the traffic stop progressed, the driver and a passenger exited the car but Solan locked himself in.
Officers responded by establishing a perimeter around the area, and barricades and stop sticks were placed to try stop Solan from driving away or harming others. The Flagstaff Police Department’s Joint Northern Arizona Tactical Team and a negotiator were deployed to the scene to provided further assistance.
After several hours of negotiations, Solan shot himself in the leg at approximately 6:30 p.m. He then crawled out of the car and surrendered himself. He was treated by medics on scene and transported to the Flagstaff Medical Center for further treatment.
Later that night, Solan was booked into the Coconino County Detention Facility on a plethora of charges, including kidnapping, aggravated assault, weapons violations, resisting arrest and probation violation.
CCSO is grateful for the public’s synergy and understanding during the incident.
“It was vital to have the public’s cooperation and understanding of the life safety measures that were taken to keep the area clear while responders negotiated with the barricaded person,” Paxton said.