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A Bella Vista man was arrested after a four-hour standoff with police Tuesday night.

Brian Wayne Clause, 47, was charged in connection with possession of a firearm by certain persons, terroristic threatening and injuring an animal used by law enforcement, all felonies; plus third-degree assault on a family member, obstructing governmental operations, refusal to submit to arrest and possession of a controlled substance, all misdemeanors.

Police responded at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, to a verbal disturbance call on Spanker Ridge Road. When police arrived, they found Clause on the deck of the residence extremely intoxicated.

After verbal exchanges with officers, Clause reportedly told police they would have to come in and get him. Officers were informed there were firearms inside the residence.

Bella Vista police Capt. Tim Cook said that approximately 20 officers from multiple agencies were on-scene.

After continued exchanges and after Clause entered and exited the house again, he came to the garage with both hands behind his back. At that time, he pulled one hand from behind his back quickly and pretended to point a firearm at police but not have one. Clause then went back inside the residence and did not come outside again until later.

Officers could reportedly see Clause through the windows of the home and saw him pick up and put down what appeared to be a handgun. At one point, he also went into the garage, started an ATV and revved the engine. After it appeared he had also grabbed some rope and officers were unsure of his intent to harm himself, they deployed CS gas through the window of the garage. Clause then turned off the ATV and went back inside the house.

After approximately four hours, Clause appeared out of the front door. A police K9 Cabo was deployed in an attempt to subdue Clause enough to take him into custody. As the K9 approached, Clause returned to the house and closed the door on the dog's leg, causing a large bruise. The K9 continued to pursue Clause when the door opened again slightly, and Clause quickly shut the door with the dog's tail wedged in the door, causing the tail to fracture. After this, officers were able to get inside the door and detain Clause.

Cook said he's not sure what made Clause become confrontational, but he's glad that, aside from K9 unit Cabo, who is handled by officer Yancy McCool, there were no serious injuries on-scene.

"I wish Cabo wouldn't have been injured but, overall ... I'm glad no one was hurt. No police personnel or anybody else," he said. "That's what you always hope for."

Clause was taken into custody and transported to the Benton County Jail. On Wednesday, March 18, a search warrant was conducted at the home. Officers discovered two handguns, eight rifles, two shotguns and narcotics inside the home.

General News on 03/25/2020

Print Headline: Bella Vista standoff ends in felony arrest

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