Kauai charged after standoff

December 5, 2013 • Local News


The Roswell Police Department spent more than three hours in a standoff situation Wednesday evening, when a sniper barricaded himself inside [auth] his home.

Officers responded to reports of shots-fired on East Eyman Street, at 6:20 p.m. Tuesday. When officials arrived at the scene, they discovered Brian Joseph Kauai, 25, on the roof of his residence armed with a shotgun and shooting at a neighbor’s home.

The SWAT team was called. Kauai barricaded himself inside his home. The siege lasted for nearly four hours before the suspect came out and surrendered himself to the police.

One window was broken when a shotgun shell, pellets or shrapnel penetrated the residence, but no one was injured during the incident.

Kauai was arrested around 10:22 p.m. on charges of aggravated assault and as a felon in possession of a firearm.

This was not the first incident of this kind. Kauai was arrested in Carlsbad on four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in 2007. He was convicted in 2008 and sentenced to serve time, the sentence was suspended.

In addition, he was arrested in Las Cruces in 2009, but the charges were dismissed.

Kauai was taken to Chaves County Detention Center, where he remains on a $5,000 surety bond.

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