Police Standoff In Duluth With Suicidal Army Recruiter

Thursday, July 28th, 2011 at 7:12 am

Duluth police worked for hours in a standoff situation yesterday, to convince a man they say was suicidal to come out of his home. Police said the suicidal man is in the military,  and WDIO of Duluth reports he was even scheduled to go overseas this fall.

It took nearly four hours, but shortly after noon, a standoff between police and a 34-year-old man at his West Duluth home came to an end.

Police shot what appeared to be tear gas into the home in attempts to draw him out. As he came out of the home police set off a device to stun him and the man was taken into custody.

The situation began around 9 a.m. when police responded to a call that the had threatened to blow himself up with a propane tank.

WDIO also reports that a group of men in military attire were on the scene during the entire standoff. Apparently the man is a recruiter for the U.S. Army who lives with his girlfriend and two young boys.

Police said the man was the only one home at the time of the incident.

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