Man surrenders after standoff with Columbus Police

A local man surrendered to Columbus police after a standoff in the 4600 block of Breckenridge Drive that started over a dispute with a neighbor.

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

Police were sent to 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 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 the 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 and later threatened multiple times to blow up his house and to shoot officers. He later surrendered peacefully.

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