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Idaho Falls man arrested after 5-hour standoff

An Idaho Falls man is in jail after a five-hour SWAT standoff Tuesday night.

James R. Farber, 34, was booked into the Bonneville County Jail on a parole violation warrant.

Idaho Falls officers responded to assist probation and parole in the 300 block of W. 16th Street for a warrant service around 4:30 p.m. Farber was reported to be suicidal and observed to be in possession of a handgun.

Officers negotiated with Farber for two hours without result. The SWAT team was called out about 6:30 p.m. Residents surrounding the apartment were voluntarily evacuated.

Police said Farber barricaded himself inside a bathroom. Officers deployed gas into the apartment around 11:30 p.m. Farber exited the apartment and was taken into custody.

He was treated at the hospital before being transported to jail. The gun in his possession was identified as a pellet gun, police said.

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