Police believe Hoopa man died after daylong standoff 6-5-07

EUREKA, Calif. (AP) - A Hoopa man that police said shot at them during a tense stand off died after his trailer was engulfed in flames.

Peter Eugene Stewart, 26, of Hoopa, was identified as the man who died at his home following the standoff, Humboldt County authorities said Tuesday.

An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday to try to determine the cause of death.

The standoff began when sheriff's deputies and a Yurok public safety officer responded to the home around 3:30 p.m. Sunday for a welfare check.

A man briefly emerged from the residence and aimed a firearm at the deputies, but did not fire on them, authorities said. The man also allegedly fired several shots at Hoopa Tribal Police vehicles.

Early Monday afternoon, deputies introduced tear gas into the home in an effort to force the man outside. A short time later, smoke and flames were spotted in a corner of the trailer, authorities said.

Firefighters were called in, but neither fire personnel nor deputies approached the trailer because gunshots were heard coming from it. It was unclear if the gunshots were being fired or if flames were setting off ammunition.

The incident remained under investigation.
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