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Raleigh Standoff Ends Without Incident

Posted January 5, 2005

— A Raleigh man is being evaluated at a mental health facility after a standoff with Raleigh police for more than four hours Wednesday morning.

Police said the 40-year-old man was barricaded alone in his Corvette in a parking lot on the outbound side of Capital Boulevard near Fenton.

Police spokesman Jim Sughrue said the man called police at about 2:30 a.m threatening suicide. The man said he was armed, but police did not find anything in his car.

The situation forced police to block Capital Boulevard near Hodges Road, just inside the beltline, from Crabtree Boulevard to Wake Forest Road as a precaution.

The situation ended peacefully just before 7 a.m. and roads reopened soon after.

Negotiators and others from the Raleigh Police Department and the state Highway Patrol were called in to assist.

"We were working toward a peaceful resolution of this situation," said Jim Sughrue of the Raleigh Police Department. "He was holed up in his car in a parking lot and we had reason to believe we needed to treat this situation seriously -- which we did. This was certainly a situation where we wanted to use all due cautions with the aim of getting everyone out of it safely and that has been accomplished."

Faith Lutheran School, located on Capital Boulevard opened on a two-hour delay as a result.


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