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TPD arrests man after barricade situation

Posted at 10:51 AM, Dec 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-11 19:18:17-05

Tucson police have arrested a 25-year-old man after a barricade situation on Saturday. 

James A. Olson faces multiple charges after he barricaded himself inside of an apartment for hours on Saturday. 

Just before 9:30 a.m. officers responded to a 9-1-1 call of a domestic violence situation at an apartment in the 3700 block of North 1st Avenue. 

Before officers arrived, they learned there was an argument between Olson and an adult woman. 

Police say Olson was armed with a BB gun that he had already fired and had access to knives. 

Police also learned that Olson had an outstanding felony arrest warrant for a drug related offense. 

As officers arrived, they located the adult woman in the parking lot uninjured. 

They attempted to make contact with Olson who was standing outside the apartment but retreated inside and refused multiple requests to come outside. 

While Olson was inside the apartment police say he started a fire which prompted neighboring apartments to be evacuated. 

Members from the Tucson Fire Department responded to the scene and with the assistance of officers on scene they were able to extinguish the fire. 

Officers from the Special Operations Section, including Hostage Negotiators then responded to the scene to assist. 

Police say negotiators spoke with Olson for several hours but he refused to leave his apartment. 

During this time, officers believed that Olson had broken through a common wall inside the apartment and made entry into a neighboring apartment. 

Officers then went inside the neighboring apartment and noticed a large hole. They continued to communicate with Olson but he continued to ignore their requests. 

Police say Olson tried to start another fire but was unsuccessful. 

Around 1:15 p.m. officers entered the man's apartment and took him into custody. He was then taken to Banner University Medical Center for an evaluation. 

On Sunday he was released from the hospital and arrested on two counts of Arson of an Occupied Structure, two counts of Aggravated Assault, Misconduct Involving Weapons - Prohibited Possessor and an outstanding felony warrant for Failure to Appear for Possession of a Dangerous Drug For Sale. 

He has been transported and booked into the Pima County Jail.