Public Safety

Cedar Rapids police take 40-year-old man in to custody after two-hour standoff

Officials said the man was threatening to harm himself

Police took a 40-year-old man into custody Sunday night after he had allegedly barricaded himself inside a residence in the 600 block of 15th Avenue SW and was threatening to harm himself.

According to public safety spokesperson Greg Buelow, police were called to the scene at about 5:30 p.m. When they arrived, officers found the man, who was in possession of a knife, had barricaded himself into a second-floor bathroom.

A trained negotiator worked with the man for more than two hours before the situation was resolved, Buelow said.

The man was taken into custody at about 8 p.m. and taken to Mercy Medical Center.

Buelow said police are treating the incident as a medical situation and charges are not likely to be filed.

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