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Carrboro police ‘relieved’ after 24-hour standoff with armed man. More details released.

Carrboro police released more information Friday on a tense, 24-hour standoff with an armed man who barricaded himself in a home near Town Hall this week.

Officers were trying to serve involuntary commitment papers on the man when they spotted him driving, tried to stop him and he ran into the house at 212 Laurel Ave. at 4:49 p.m. Wednesday, according to a news release.

“The subject was able to get inside the residence before the officers arrived,” the release stated. “Based on information known to the officers, they decided the best course of action was to back out and set up a perimeter.”

Police evacuated the area and negotiators from the Carrboro and Chapel Hill police departments began talking with the man, who had a pistol, a town spokeswoman said.

Around 4:11 p.m. Thursday, police took the man into custody. No shots were fired, and no one was injured.

The department told residents in the area they could return to their homes around 5 p.m.

“We would like to thank the community and especially the residents of Laurel Avenue and the surrounding streets for their patience in what was a tense and unpredictable situation,” the Police Department said in the news release. “We are relieved that this situation came to a conclusion without any injuries.”

Police have not released the man’s name, and efforts to learn whether he was charged with a crime were not immediately successful Friday afternoon.

In addition to Chapel Hill police, Carrboro received assistance from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, UNC-CH Police Department, Durham County Sheriff’s Office, South Orange Rescue Squad, Carrboro Fire Department, Chapel Hill Fire Department, and Orange County EMS and 911 Communications divisions

Mark Schultz is the deputy metro editor for The News & Observer and The Herald-Sun. He has been an editor, reporter and photographer in North Carolina for 30 years.
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