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Standoff with man barricaded in apartment ends peacefully

Updated Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 | 12:25 p.m.

A potentially suicidal man who barricaded himself in an apartment near Boulder Highway and Twain Avenue early today surrendered peacefully and was taken to a local hospital, Metro Police said.

Officers were called to the apartment complex about 2:30 a.m. after a security guard reported a tenant was in distress and threatening suicide, police said. The man came out of his apartment shortly before 9 a.m.

He was taken to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, officials said. It was not clear whether he would face any kind of criminal charges in connection with the standoff, police said.

The man was believed to be the only person in the apartment, Officer Laura Meltzer said. It was unclear if he was armed, she said.

Neighboring units were evacuated, she said.

“We don’t know if the subject has access to weapons, so we conduct the evacuation as a precaution,” she said.

Another separate barricade situation also prompted a response by Metro early this morning.

Police responded to the 600 block of Benedict Drive, near Hollywood Boulevard and Bonanza Road, at about 1:45 a.m.

Officers arrived to find a man threatening suicide and a woman inside the residence. The woman was eventually released and the man surrendered peacefully shortly before 6 a.m., Meltzer said.

The man was in custody and will undergo a medical evaluation, Meltzer said. It’s unknown whether he will face any charges, she said.

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