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Man taken into custody after standoff

Roswell Police officers and a SWAT team vehicle are stationed outside a 1600 block of South Washington Avenue home Sunday afternoon, during a standoff with an armed man. Following an hour and a half of discussion, officers eventually convinced the man to peacefully surrender. No injuries were reported in connection with the incident. According to Todd Wildermuth, public information officer with the Roswell Police Department, the man, who police did not identify, was detained and transported to a hospital for evaluation. (Alex Ross Photo)

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A lengthy standoff between local law enforcement and an armed man threatening suicide reached a peaceful conclusion Sunday.

The man, whose name was not disclosed by the Roswell Police Department, surrendered to officers after an hour and a half sitting on the front porch of a 1600 block of South Washington Avenue residence pointing a gun at his own chest.

“Thanks to the efforts of officers who spent time talking to the distressed man, he eventually put the gun down on the porch and peacefully approached the officers,” Todd Wildermuth, public information officer with the RPD, said Monday. No one was injured.

Following his surrender, the man was detained by police and taken to a hospital for evaluation, Wildermuth added.

Police received a call at about 1:20 p.m Sunday, after the man allegedly fired a shot from a handgun into the air while arguing with family members in the front yard of the residence, Wildermuth said.

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When the first officers arrived at the scene at about 1:30 p.m, the man was seated on the front porch and refused demands to relinquish his handgun.

Throughout the ordeal crowds of onlookers stood on the sidewalks of West Hobbs Street watching the situation unfold.

Some people were also inside the house when police arrived. Officers though were able to escort them safely out using a backdoor, Wildermuth said.

The section of South Washington Avenue between Buena Vista and West Hobbs Street was cordoned off by RPD and Chaves County Sheriff’s Office units, as officers, some armed with high-powered rifles and clad in body armor, were stationed in the street or scattered throughout adjacent properties.

When it was over Charles Yslas, chief deputy with the Sheriff’s Office, said at the time he did not know why the man did what he did, but was glad it ended without injuries or further incident.

“And that’s the best thing that can happen,” he said.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext, 301, or breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

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