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LAKE STATION — A two-hour standoff ended peacefully early Monday after a 47-year-old man who had barricaded himself inside a residence agreed to surrender and was taken to a hospital, police said.

The ordeal began about 10:21 p.m. Sunday when police were dispatched to a residence in the Ravinia Pines mobile home park for a report of a suicidal subject, Lake Station Police Chief Dave Johnson said.

The Lake Station man answered the door and had blood on his shirt, face and arms, police said. Officers also noticed several cuts on both of the man's arms.

The man talked to police through a storm door, but refused to exit the home and told officers he didn't want them there. He then closed the door, police said.

The man later came back out, but was not wearing a shirt. He said, "Shoot me in the head, just kill me," Johnson said. The man then reached into his waistband and pretended to pull out a gun, made a "gun gesture" and pointed at officers.

The officers attempted to get close enough to the man to subdue him with a Taser, but he retreated back inside, police said.

Lake Station police requested assistance from the Northwest Regional SWAT team. A SWAT negotiator attempted to talk to the man using a air horn and paging system in an armored vehicle and with a phone thrown through a window of the residence.

The man did not respond, police said.

After about two hours, the man exited the home and began talking with the negotiator. He eventually surrendered and was taken to a hospital for his self-inflicted injuries and a mental evaluation.

Johnson said Lake Station officers and the SWAT team "did a great job handling this situation."


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