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April 6, 2014

Standoff with armed man ends with arrest

Corsicana — A Corsicana man armed with a shotgun who had threatened to harm himself and police officers was taken into custody early Sunday after a nearly five hour standoff.

Corsicana Police responded to the home in the 900 block of Dobbins Road about 8 p.m. Saturday after receiving information a man at the home was suicidal and had access to weapons.

Police Chief Randy Bratton said the subject told police negotiators he was despondent and had a shotgun and would shoot at officers if they attempted to take him into custody.

Bratton called for help from the Navarro County Sheriff's Office Tactical unit, who arrived shortly after 9 p.m. Saturday and took over negotiations.

Navarro County Sheriff Elmer Tanner said they learned that in addition to the shotgun, the man also had access to a high-power rifle.

Tanner said after attempts over several hours to end the standoff were unsuccessful, Tactical officers deployed gas into the home, forcing the suspect outside, where he was taken into custody shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday, about five hours after the initial call.

Bratton declined to identify the subject, saying the man would remain in custody to undergo a mental evaluation.

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