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On Wednesday, Jan. 30 at approximately 12:18 p.m., the Coconino Sheriff’s Office and the Williams Police Department initiated a traffic stop on a subject wanted for questioning in regards to a report of aggravated assault and kidnapping. The subject was pulled over on eastbound Route 66 in Williams. 

Earlier that morning at approximately 10:17 a.m., officers received reports of an aggravated assault and kidnapping; the reporting party told officers that the suspect had used a gun to hold him against his will on the evening of Monday, Jan. 28 in the Junipine Estates area north of Williams.

Authorities were attempting to locate the suspect on Wednesday when his vehicle was seen at several businesses in the downtown Williams area. According to the police report the suspect stopped at a local business and then got into the car along with two other individuals.

Shortly afterwards, sheriff’s deputies and Williams police officers made the traffic stop. According to the Sheriff’s Office, the driver and another passenger exited the vehicle, but the suspect barricaded himself inside.

In response, officers set up a perimeter in the area. Barricades were placed in an attempt to stop the man from driving away or responding in a way that could  endanger others in the area. Schools and businesses in the nearby area were placed on lock down.

The Flagstaff Police Department’s Joint Northern Arizona Tactical Team and negotiator also responded to assist.

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About six hours later, at approximately 6:30 p.m., the suspect placed the gun next to his leg and shot himself in the leg. He then exited the vehicle and surrendered himself. The suspect was treated by medics on scene and transported to the Flagstaff Medical Center for further treatment.

Barricades and closures remained in effect during the follow up investigation and were lifted approximately 7 p.m.

Matthew Solan was booked into the Coconino County Detention Facility on offenses including kidnapping, aggravated assault, weapons violations, resisting arrest and probation violation.

The investigation is on-going and no further information is available at this time.

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