Charlotte SWAT standoff ends without injury

04/01/2014 7:03 AM

04/01/2014 7:04 AM

An east Charlotte neighborhood had a strong police presence for much of Monday, but a SWAT team standoff ended without injury.

A man police said had “a long history of mental health issues” barricaded himself in a house Monday morning. That brought police officers and started seven hours of negotiations.

The series of events began about 8 a.m. Police said they were called to a house in the 3200 block of Gulfstream Court in connection with a disturbance. Police said the man had made threats toward law enforcement officers.

Police set up a perimeter around the house, in the neighborhood off Margaret Wallace Road, a short distance northeast of Independence Boulevard. They said the man was alone in the house.

Residents of the community were permitted to move around much of the neighborhood, but some access to homes was curtailed.

One resident, who lives on Twin Falls Lane near the site of the standoff, said he was shocked when he came home from work early Monday afternoon.

“There were all kinds of police cars and police officers,” said the man, who declined to identify himself. “I wouldn’t have expected to see anything like that around here.”

The standoff ended about 3 p.m., when police were able to get inside the house and take the man into custody. Police said he was taken to a mental health facility for treatment.

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