Man surrenders in Wilson standoff
Posted December 15, 2011
Wilson, N.C. — A man who threatened to harm himself at a Wilson intersection on Thursday afternoon surrendered to authorities just after 7 p.m.
Authorities said that Danny Williamson, 34, of Countryside Road in Wilson, called a local mental health clinic earlier Thursday and said he was driving around with four firearms and threatened to harm himself.
Officers searched for him throughout the day. Around 5 p.m., he was spotted driving near the intersection of Forest Hills Road and Tarboro Street. He pulled over and displayed a firearm and pointed it at himself, police said. He then got back into the car and drove to the intersection of Forest Hills Drive and Westwood Avenue, where he stopped his truck again.
After two-hours of negotiations, Williamson surrendered. No one was hurt. Williamson was later taken to a hospital in Wilson.
"The biggest thing is to find out what has put him in this state," Wilson Police Sgt. John Slaughter said. "And try to deal with that and get him help and let him know that there is help out there for him."
Police blocked the intersection during the standoff, and residents nearby were alerted to stay inside through an automated call.
Stores and restaurants in the area were asked to lock their doors, some business owners said.
It is unclear if Williamson will face any charges.