Santa Rosa man accused of shooting at wife, locksmith in court


James Carl Provost, 43, is charged with two counts each of gross negligent discharge of a firearm, firing into an unoccupied vehicle and vandalism at his and his wife's Sedgemore Drive home in Santa Rosa on Oct. 9.

The incident led to an overnight standoff that ended when Provost was found the next morning hiding in a neighbor's backyard during a house-to-house search.

Provost appeared in Sonoma County Superior Court Wednesday morning but did not enter a plea. He was being held on $100,000 bail, but has posted bail and been released. His next court date is Oct. 30.

Santa Rosa police said Provost locked his wife out during an argument and then fired a shotgun from inside the house at the door when she returned with a locksmith and tried to re-enter the home.

Provost then allegedly went outside and fired shots at his wife's car and the locksmith's vehicle, police said. His wife called police at 11:20 p.m.

A SWAT and a hostage negotiation team responded and tried to contact Provost. Police entered the house the next morning and determined that Provost was not inside. He was found a short time later in the neighbor's yard, Sgt. David Linscomb said.

Police believe he escaped the house before they arrived, Linscomb said.

Provost was initially arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. Deputy District Attorney Tania Partida said the charges that were filed against Provost today are the charges the prosecution believes it can prove.

Partida said she is waiting for more reports and evidence on the incident and interviews are still being conducted.

Provost, a licensed real estate broker, formed Commercial Management Group Inc., a commercial property management company, in August 2009. It manages at least six commercial properties in Santa Rosa, including the G&G Shopping Center on West College Avenue.

It has offices in Santa Rosa and Novato and three in Texas.

He said he could not discuss the incident after Wednesday's arraignment.

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