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Police: Man arrested after 'simulating' sound of gunshots in Meridian home

The shooting happened Monday afternoon at a home on North Amethyst Avenue, a residential street just off Locust Grove Road.

MERIDIAN, Idaho — One man was arrested Monday afternoon after he allegedly simulated the sound of gunshots while police were outside a Meridian home.

The incident happened at about 12:45 p.m. at a home on North Amethyst Avenue, a residential street just off Locust Grove Road.

According to Meridian Police Lt. Mark Ford, officers were called to the home for a report of vandalism. They spoke with a man inside the home, and that's when the situation escalated.

"He was very non-compliant and aggressive," Ford said. "He went into a bedroom, shut the door. And then we heard what appeared to be shots fired like he was shooting out the doorway. So we backed out and made some contact with him and we were able to get him to come to the front door and take him into custody."

Police later determined that the suspect, later identified as 41-year-old Nathan Jenkins of Meridian, had used a hammer against furniture, doors and walls, simulating the noise that officers initially believed to be gunshots.

Officers used a K-9 and a beanbag gun to take the Jenkins into custody.

Neighbors were asked to stay inside their homes and shelter in place, while all others were asked to avoid the area.

Ford told KTVB that a SWAT team was deployed to the area, but that the situation was resolved within about 40 minutes.

A video shared with KTVB by viewer Sanja Babic shows a barefoot man in handcuffs being walked to a patrol car by a group of officers.

According to Meridian police, Jenkins was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for undisclosed injuries. 

He was then arrested and booked into the Ada County Jail on a long list of charges, including two felony counts of battery on a police officer, one felony count of malicious injury to property, one misdemeanor count of assault, and one misdemeanor count of resisting and obstructing.

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