Police body-camera footage showing the end of a dramatic standoff between police and the physician husband of a slain radio host has surfaced.
The video played during a bail hearing on Monday showed James Kauffman, 68, brandishing a 9mm handgun at his private medical practice in Linwood, New Jersey, and threatening to kill himself while yelling, ‘I’m not going to jail for this!’.
Police were at his practice to search for any evidence relating to Kauffman’s wife, April, a popular radio host who was fatally shot in their home in 2012. The widower appeared to believe the police had arrived to charge him with her death – although investigators have not listed him as a suspect.
‘It’s a search warrant!’ the hostage negotiator police had called in told Kauffman during the 45-minute standoff. ‘You’re not under arrest!’
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James Kauffman, 68, – pictured in the Atlantic City Courthouse on Wednesday – was arrested after brandishing a handgun while police attempted to search his home
The footage shows Kauffman threatened to kill himself, while yelling ‘I’m not going to jail for this!’. Pictured is the point of view of the officer who had his gun pointed at the doctor, while trying to convince him to put down his weapon
He appeared to believe he was being arrested for murdering his wife, April, right, who was a popular radio host
Kauffman later surrendered and the standoff ended peacefully. Police arrested him for obstruction of justice as well as other gun charges. They also confiscated his handgun, other weapons as well as $100,000 in cash they found at his home, philly.com reported.
The judge declared at the end of the hearing that Kauffman should be detained until his trial because he was a flight risk.
Prosecuting attorneys had urged the judge to keep Kauffman detained because his reaction showed signs of guilt.
‘”I’m not going to jail for this!” Those were his words,’ Assistant prosecutor Seth Levy said. ‘He pulled a gun out in order to be avoid being arrested on charges. He kept police in an hour long standoff.
‘It shows how far he’s willing to go to avoid coming to court.’
The judge ruled the New Jersey native was a flight risk and will remain in custody until his trial on weapons charges unrelated to his wife’s death.
The defense attorney – who is planning to appeal the ruling – however argued for the private practice doctor to be released on bail because he did not break any laws and has co-operated with police during their five-year investigation into the case.
Kauffman’s arrest has come during a fierce legal battle with his stepdaughter Kim Pack, pictured, who believes he killed her mother
‘[He] has every statutory right to have a weapon on those premises,’ he said.
‘Dr. Kauffman has been the exclusive source of investigative activities by the Atlantic County prosecutor in the homicide of his wife for five years…for five years, he’s stayed here.’
Kauffman’s detention has come amid a fierce battle with his stepdaughter Kim Pack who believes he killed her mother.
Pack has been trying to legally prevent Kauffman, who has since remarried, from having access to the $600,000 from her mother’s life insurance policies.
Police are also planning to search Kauffman’s homes in Arizona and Philadelphia and prosecutors are already making moves to have his license suspended.