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French Road standoff ends after man surrenders to WPD

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington man threatened to kill himself Tuesday morning which led to a nearly two-hour standoff with police.

“One of the officer’s grabbed me and said you need to go back inside, make sure all your doors are locked, windows are locked,” said Donna Hines.

Shortly after, Wilmington Police evacuated Hines from her French Road home as a precaution to a potentially deadly situation.

“They said the guy next door had a gun. They evacuated us and took us around the back,” she said.

According to the 9-1-1 call, a 26-year-old man threatened to kill himself and had a pistol.

As Hines watched the scene unfold from the street with neighbors, Wilmington Police, the department’s SWAT Unit, and EMS filed in to intervene.

“You never think it will be in your backyard,” said Eric Mullis.

Police are not releasing the man’s name but they did say he told his wife, two children, and another relative to leave the home.

Neighbors said the man’s wife and kids just moved in and that he did not live with them.

“This situation where she had moved in with her kids and maybe her husband had an anger problem with that,” said Hines.

Police negotiators eventually convinced the man to leave his weapon and surrender.

“It does make you question things that go on. You think you may know the people but sometimes you don’t really know,” said Mullis.

Police say they took the man to Cape Fear Memorial Hospital, just a couple blocks away, for evaluation after the surrender.


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