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UPDATE: 3-hour standoff over in Elizabethton

John Thompson • Updated Aug 28, 2019 at 6:55 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Elizabethton Police Chief Jason Shaw said a three-hour standoff in a residential neighborhood ended peacefully.

Department officers went to a home in the 600 block of Blevins Avenue at 11 a.m. Wednesday to check on an older man who lived there. Some of the man’s relatives asked police to see if he was well.

The resident was alone in the house, armed with a rifle and a handgun, Shaw said, so officers backed off and tried to talk him into coming out.

A friend worked with police to convince him to surrender. At 2 p.m., he came out and gave himself up.

No shots were fired, and no one was injured during the standoff.

The man, who Shaw did not identify, was taken to an area hospital for a mental evaluation. The chief said no charges will be filed against him.

Previously reported:

ELIZABETHTON — The Elizabethton Police Department is involved in a standoff in the 600 Block of Blevins Ave. Officers are on the scene and attempting to negotiate with the person.

A call to police headquarters was answered at noon by an administrative staffer, who said all law enforcement personnel from the building had gone to the scene.

More information will be provided on this developing story as it becomes available.

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