Silverdale man is arrested after brief standoff

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By Shane Farley
September 21, 2012 - 10:58:24 am

A local man - who is accused of pointing a handgun at several people during a gathering in Silverdale late Thursday - was arrested following a brief standoff with local law enforcement, Cowley County Sheriff Don Read said.

Just after midnight Friday morning, Tracy Gene Hinzman, 47, emerged from his home and surrendered peacefully to sheriffs officers. He was booked into the county jail a short time later.

Hinzman’s bond was set at $150,000 and he remained in custody this morning.

Possible charges include multiple counts of aggravated assault and criminal threat, as well as stalking and interference with a law enforcement officer.

Authorities were called around 10:45 p.m. when an alleged victim in the case reported that someone had pointed a gun at people during a small gathering in Silverdale.

Officers went to Hinzman’s residence to ask about the incident, Read said, and could not locate the man for a time. Later he could be seen inside the home but was not cooperative with authorities asking him to surrender.

After an hour or so, Hinzman reluctantly agreed to leave his home, Read said.

Investigators found firearms inside the residence, including the handgun reportedly used during the initial incident.

So far, authorities have identified five potential victims - two females and three males ranging in age from 15 to 37. They told investigators there was an argument and that Hinzman became angry before being asked to leave.

There were between 8 and 10 people total at the gathering, according to a report.

Investigators believe drinking may have been a factor in the incident.

Ark City police assisted sheriff’s officer in this case.

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