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Sampson County deputies involved in standoff

Posted September 16, 2009 9:32 p.m. EDT
Updated September 19, 2009 3:51 p.m. EDT

— Sampson County sheriff’s deputies were involved in a standoff Wednesday at about 5 p.m. at a home on the 400 block of Butler Island Road in Roseboro.

A mental health patient inside the home said he was going to commit suicide and when deputies arrived they heard gunshots, according to Capt. Eric Pope, with the Sampson County Sheriff's Office.

The man was armed with a rifle and challenged the deputies, Pope said.

One of the deputies returned fire and the man ran into a shed behind the house, Pope said.

Just before 9 p.m., deputies were able to lure the unharmed man out of the building. A Taser gun was used to subdue him, Pope said.

The man, whose name was not released, was transported to the hospital for a mental evaluation.

No deputies were injured.