Idaho Falls man arrested for aggravated battery after SWAT response –

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) – An Idaho Falls man was arrested for aggravated battery, causing chaos in an Idaho Falls neighborhood and prompting a SWAT response from the Idaho Falls Police Department.

The suspect is identified as 47-year-old James Schumacher.

He was arrested for slapping a person and making threats. He then damaged a second person's vehicle, causing $3,000 in damages.

Schumacher then hit a third person in the face with a rusty metal jagged-edged gardening tool.

A fourth person came out of their residence when they heard the commotion, armed with a paintball gun loaded with pepper balls.

Schumacher threw a sign at the fourth person, who then shot and hit Schumacher with a pepper ball to no effect. Schumacher returned to his property and threw stones at other people.

That's when officers began arriving on scene. The officers told Mr. Schumacher, who was standing on his porch, that he was under arrest and ordered him to report to the officers. Schumacher retreated to his residence and barricaded himself inside. Officers repeatedly attempted to speak to Schumacher by calling his phone and using a public address system with no response from Schumacher.

Schumacher, an Idaho Falls resident, was arrested on charges of felony aggravated battery, felony aggravated battery, felony malicious injury to property and misdemeanor resisting and obstructing.

He was also cited for misdemeanor battery, misdemeanor attempted battery and misdemeanor disturbing the peace.

He is currently incarcerated at the Bonneville County Jail.

(This information comes from a press release from the Idaho Falls Police Department. The original author is Jessica Clements, Public Information Officer.)

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