Standoff with police ends peacefully

A local man surrendered to Columbus police after a standoff that started over a dispute with a neighbor.

James E. Bowling, 40, 4662 Breckenridge Drive, was arrested on a preliminary charge of resisting law enforcement, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

Police were sent to the 4600 block of Breckenridge Drive at about 7 p.m. on a complaint that a man had been beating on a neighbor’s door and threatening him, Harris said. The neighbor, Bowling, said the man was accusing him of letting the air out of one of his vehicle tires.

Officers were called back to the residence shortly after 8 p.m. when the man claimed someone had punctured and deflated another tire on his vehicle. The man asked officers to stay until his vehicle could be towed.

Officers then attempted to talk with Bowling who was standing nearby in his yard, Harris said.

Bowling fled on foot into his home despite being asked to stop by officers, Harris said. Bowling later threatened multiple times to blow up his house and to shoot officers, Harris said.

Columbus SWAT officers and its crisis negotiators spoke with Bowling for an extended period of time before Bowling surrendered peacefully to SWAT officers, Harris said. The standoff ended at about 12:30 a.m. Friday, officers said.

Bowling was released from the Bartholomew County Jail after posting $5,000 bond, jail officials said.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.