Standoff at Apartment Complex Ends Peacefully


RENO, Nev. -- Reno Police say a man surrenders to SWAT officers after a standoff at Meadow Wood Apartment complex.

Police responded to a domestic disturbance all around 4 p.m. of a man threatening to burn down his apartment complex, injuring himself and others.

Police say he barricaded himself in his apartment, south of the Meadowood Mall. They say he was armed with a knife and began attempting to flood the building.

SWAT team arrived a couple hours later along with a hostage negotiator.

Residents in building 29 were evacuated, while the water was turned off to the entire complex.

"A bunch of police all around and yelling at him to come out with his hands up and he was throwing vacuums out the window, he was throwing furniture out the window and was yelling that he was going to stab someone in the face," said an apartment resident.

Police say the man damaged a lot of property. He suffered minor injuries but no one else was hurt.

The stand off lasted about five hours, which Reno Police say is longer than a typical standoff, but felt it was necessary to keep those involved safe.

"With the threats made, we didn't know how he was going to escalate the situation so we have plenty of assets on hand, no matter what happens, we could deal with the problem," Sgt. Joe Lever of the Reno Police, said. "They were just standing by in case the worst did happen. Our negotiators were able to get a dialogue with him and were able to talk him peacefully out of the apartment."

At this time, the man will be placed under psychiatric evaluation. No word yet on what, if any, criminal charges he might face.


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