Armed Man Comes Out, Standoff Ends Peacefully: Greensboro Police

Greensboro Standoff

GREENSBORO, N.C.-- Police in Greensboro say a standoff that started around 3:06pm Thursday has ended peacefully.

Police were dispatched to a home a few minutes before 3 p.m. Thursday after learning that a man was armed and threatening to harm family members and others.

Police learned that the man was distraught about a domestic situation involving his wife.

The standoff caused officers to reroute traffic in the 3000 block of East Wendover and evacuate some houses.

Russell James and his family watched officers rush in and out of the command center from across the street.

"At first I didn't know what was going on," said James. "I just saw the cops and saw guys in their armor. I was working and I saw what was going on. I didn't have a clue what was happening across the street."

James says the police standoff distracted him from his job -- setting up for his cousin's wedding at the Dynacon Center on Wendover Avenue -- right across the street from the police command center.

James says it was a scary afternoon but they're not going to let the incident ruin their family's big day.

"Life is funny. You just hope and pray that nothing happens to cause any problems," said James. "In the back of your mind, you do wonder can this happen while something this nice is going on? Yeah it can. But we hope not."

James says the wedding is still on and scheduled for Friday.

At one point during the standoff, police say the suspect's wife was inside the house with him, but he eventually allowed her to leave. No other family members were inside the house. 

Investigators say the man will be taken to a hospital to get a mental evaluation.

No charges have been filed at this point.

Nobody was hurt in the incident.

 

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