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Suicidal Gunman Surrenders After 6-Hour Standoff

Novato stay-at-home dad barricaded himself and his estranged wife inside a home before releasing her and giving up, police say.

A 43-year-old Novato gunman faces felony domestic violence and false imprisonment charges after being arrested late Friday night following a six-hour standoff with special-response officers, said Saturday.

The man who had barricaded himself and his estranged wife inside the Arthur Street home surrendered to police and was arrested at 1:43 a.m. Saturday, Lt. Keith Heiden said. The woman sustained a minor injury suffered during a struggle with the suspect.

Richard Michael Rudy, who lives in the 600 block of Arthur in the Presidents neighborhood, was being held on $500,000 bail at Marin County Jail.

Heiden said Rudy led his estranged wife to believe that she would be picking up the couple's children at the home Friday evening, but the kids were with another family member at another location.

The woman, 42, became concerned when she noticed that doors and windows had been boarded up, Heiden said. She made an attempt to leave, but the man restrained her, then threatened to kill himself with a handgun, the police report said. The woman was able to make a call to police at 7:53 p.m.

Rudy continued to make suicidal threats and the police department brought in its special response unit and crisis negotiation teams. It took several more hours before Rudy released the woman and then surrendered, ending an incident that lasted 5 hours and 50 minutes from the time of the first call.

Officers found the handgun and several more firearms upon searching the home, Heiden said.

Rudy, who listed his occupation as a stay-at-home father when he was booked at jail, was a boys lacrosse coach at nearby Novato High School. He faces felonies for wielding a firearm, inflicting injury on a spouse/cohabitant and false imprisonment. He also faces a misdemeanor charge of damaging a wireless device.

Joe Hornet May 17, 2012 at 06:15 PM
He has no shoes that validate luring his wife into isolation, pulling a gun on his wife and holding her hostage. Nothing about his lacrosse coaching cannot mitigate the violence of the act.
Novato Chess Club May 18, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Amen Joe Hornet
outside eyes May 30, 2012 at 06:45 PM
I don't know what to say, it sickens me that a majority are worried about lacrosse...blahblahblah.. The man was/is sick and that is fact, I agree with joe hornet. I just hope for the mother and children that they may live a normal life sometime in future. Thank you to NPD for the great work.
Jeff August 30, 2012 at 07:26 PM
I have not seen Mike in almost ten years. I remember him as a good Man and someone who loved life and his Wife. Not sure what happened but help not punishment is what Mike needs, I think he is worth it. As for the Youth Athletic Parents you have been what is wrong with youth athletics for generations. Parents were idiots when I was a kid and after 9 years of Little League, Pop Warner and Lax Coaching the adults screwed up the experience (and the kids) I coached for Love of The Game. Not to sound too squishy but a little LOVE goes a long way in stressful times. Get well Mike
NovatoAVID December 06, 2012 at 02:36 PM
The verdict is in.... http://www.marinij.com/novato/ci_22101704/novato-combat-vet-sentenced-holding-wife-hostage-armed

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