SANTEE, Calif. — A Missouri fugitive is in custody after an hours-long standoff with San Diego police Wednesday night.
Janie Sanders,32, was wanted on a warrant for drug possession after failing to appear in court. She was arrested after refusing to come out of a Pacific Beach apartment.
“Officers killed my husband today, unarmed,” Sanders said as she was cuffed and placed in a squad car Wednesday night.
San Diego police say Sanders was referring to her boyfriend, 47-year-old Timothy Gene Smith, who was shot and killed by San Diego police Sgt. Scott Holsag less than half a mile from the standoff location a few hours prior. An investigation into the shooting is underway.
“There was a white male suspect who was wanted out of Missouri for several felony warrants. He was the suspect who was shot and killed by a police officer,” SDPD Lt. Paul Rorrison said in a news conference Wednesday.
But according a Missouri bondsman, it was actually Janie Sanders who was wanted on a warrant.
“We were not looking for Timothy. He was just an associate of hers that we had,” Natalie Macey told FOX 5 in a phone interview.
Macey, who owns Macey’s Bail Bonds in Missouri, posted $7,500 bail for Sanders when she was arrested for possession of a controlled substance. Sanders failed to appear in court. When Macey couldn’t find Sanders, she employed the help of Leland Chapman, son of Dog the Bounty Hunter, to help locate her. Chapman determined that Sanders had gone on the run with her boyfriend.
Macey and Chapman were able to track the couple to Pacific Beach and notified police of their location. Sanders refused to come out of the apartment despite repeated requests from police. While she was holed up in the apartment, she picked up the phone and called Macey in Missouri.
“Well I mean, she was pretty upset, and she wasn’t going to go out of the apartment, and I told her, you know, that she just needed to go out there peacefully and face justice,” Macey said. “She was very, very upset that she had just lost the love of her life, and so … it was a very sad conversation.”
Sanders finally surrendered to police and was arrested.
Macey said she’s glad Sanders is no longer on the run, but is saddened by the outcome of this case.
“It could have been prevented,” Macey said. “Go to court, face the judge, do your time — whether it’s a slap on the wrist or you have to do jail time — that’s what we do. That’s the American way.”
Macey said Sanders will eventually be extradited back to Missouri to face several charges, including her original drug possession charge.