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Fallon Police Take Man Into Custody After Motel 6 Standoff

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Mark Carmi Hanawalt Mark Carmi Hanawalt

Fallon police officers have taken a man into custody after they say barricaded himself inside a Motel 6 room for about three hours.

Around 12:45pm on Monday, officers from the Fallon Police Department responded to the Motel 6 on South Taylor Street for a welfare check on 62-year-old Mark Carmi Hanawalt. Officers say he complained of hearing voices outside his room and wanted them to leave, although no one was outside the room.

Upon arrival, officers say they saw a pellet gun on the ground outside of the motel room and saw Hanawalt through the window. They say he was uncooperative, made comments about the VA Police and made nonsensical sounds, then broke the window and threw multiple items outside. While officers tried to talk to him, they say he stabbed a KBAR survival knife through the door. He then broke out the window and threw more items out the window, including the knife. They also say he broke a hole through the door and stuck a rifle barrel out the door. 

A perimeter was set up around the surrounding area. Fallon Police, along with help from the Churchill County Sheriff's Office and Lyon County SWAT all responded to the incident. 

Police say they established communication with Hanawalt by phone, but that he ended the call.

After an extended period of time in which verbal communication was conducted with the man through the window, he was ultimately taken into custody without anyone being injured.

Police say it was later determined a handgun and the rifle were both pellet guns.

Hanawalt was examined on scene by paramedics and transported to Banner Churchill Community Hospital where he is currently in custody for a mental health hold and is being evaluated for a temporary commitment. Police say he has a prior history of mental illness and has been arrested before for offenses on battery, resisting arrest and injury property.

Criminal charges may be filed in the future for Injury to Property, Assault with a Deadly Weapon and resisting arrest.

The dollar value for the damage sustained by the motel has not yet been established.

Police say Hanawalt has living in Fallon for about three months, after moving there from Lyon County.

U.S. Highway 95 was temporarily shut down during the incident.

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