Western IA man wanted for probation revocation holds authorities at bay for 4-hours


February 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A man wanted in Shelby County for revocation of his probation, held authorities in Pottawattamie County at bay for more than 4-hours, Friday. Sgt. Dwayne Riche, with the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Department, told KJAN News 34-year old Aaron David Hockin, of rural Avoca, barricaded himself in a home at 30575 Highway 59,about four-miles north of Avoca, at around 5-p.m., Friday, after deputies attempted to serve the warrant. Riche said the deputies backed up and maintained a perimeter, while issuing a call to the Pott County Emergency Response Team (ERT). The team and a command vehicle arrived on the scene, along with a Council Bluffs Police Department Crisis Negotiator. The father of Aaron Hockin arrived on the scene as well.

Sgt. Riche says during the next couple of hours, auxiliary lighting was set-up to illuminate the residence and any potential routes of escape Hockin might have. In addition, the propane and electricity service to the home was shut-off.  A pole camera was deployed by four-members of ERT and Council Bluffs Police. As they were advancing toward the residence, the negotiator advised he’d made contact with Hockin, and was attempting to get him to surrender. The negotiator was able to convince Hockin to leave the home, and a within a few minutes, he surrendered without incident in an attached garage, and was taken into custody. The scene was secured by about 9:30-p.m.

Hockin, who never displayed a weapon during the incident, was transported to the Shelby County Jail, where he was being held on $50,000 bond.