Standoff with Medford man ends without violence

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Thirteen youngsters got a ride in an armored SWAT truck when a mentally ill man with access to six firearms was holed up inside his house across the street from a day care center.

Nearby houses and the center were evacuated while officers tried to persuade the man to come out.

The Medford Mail Tribune (http://bit.ly/VUmVOq ) reports that officers got help from a robot deployed to see how dangerous it might be in the house. After four hours, officers went into the house Wednesday evening and got the man out.

He was described as a war veteran with a long history of mental issues. He was not immediately identified.

Authorities said he was taken to the hospital to be seen by mental health specialists, and no charges had been filed.

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Information from: Mail Tribune, http://www.mailtribune.com/

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