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Garner man warned of grenade before committing suicide

Posted October 1, 2012 9:28 a.m. EDT
Updated October 3, 2012 5:54 p.m. EDT

— A 24-year-old Garner man shot and killed himself Sunday during a three-hour standoff with Harnett County authorities. Before pulling the trigger, he told them there was a grenade inside his Garner apartment, prompting dozens of evacuations.

The chain of events began about 9:19 a.m. when the Harnett County E-911 Center received reports of an impaired driver in a Ford Focus on Old Coats Road. About 10 minutes later, a Lillington police officer spotted the car parked at an abandoned home.

When the officer approached the car, Ryan James Gibson, of 1211 Tumbling Stone Way, showed a gun and threatened to kill himself, according to the Harnett County Sheriff's Office. Negotiators tried for three hours to get Gibson to surrender. He refused and warned them about a grenade in his apartment before committing suicide.

Garner police evacuated 36 apartments in three buildings about 11:30 a.m. at Abberly Place Apartment Homes, 500 Abberly Crest Blvd.

A robot operated by State Bureau of Investigation agents entered a ground apartment, and a three-hour search did not turn up anything suspicious, police said.

Records show Gibson was arrested in February 2010 and charged with making a false report to a police station. No other information was released.