Raleigh man who barricaded himself inside home now in custody
Posted October 14, 2020 5:42 p.m. EDT
Updated October 14, 2020 8:09 p.m. EDT
Raleigh, N.C. — A man barricaded himself inside a Raleigh home, prompting Raleigh police and a SWAT team to intervene Wednesday afternoon.
Police said the man, who was not identified, threatened to hurt people at a home on Arckelton Drive off Edwards Mill Road. Raleigh police said it was a "mental illness situation." The incident began around 2:30 p.m. He was taken into custody after 7:30 p.m. and sent to a local hospital to get checked out.
Just before 6 p.m., there was a report of a small fire set by the man in the home. Raleigh police and firefighters put it out from outside. Another fire was reportedly set and put out around 6:30 p.m. Firefighters said that fire was more intense, and at least two apartments were impacted.
Officials used flash bangs at least once during the incident to get his attention. A search through the apartments was conducted using equipment and robots. The man was found hiding in the attic of the home.
Part of the road was blocked off, and police were turning people away who lived in the area. Residents were told to check with Raleigh police on when they will be able to return.