Standoff sparks neighborhood evacuation overnight

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX – A standoff situation forced the evacuation of several Phoenix homes overnight.

It started at about 10 p.m. Monday in the neighborhood of Seventh Street just south of Loop 101 in North Phoenix.

According to Phoenix police, officers were called out for a mental health order, which is basically court-ordered hospitalization for assessment and treatment of potential or ongoing mental health issues.

Police said a man in his 30s had been off his medication for quite some time and did not want to go with officers so he barricaded himself inside his home.

According to Lt. Kim Charrier of the Phoenix Police Department, the mental health order was issued because the man, whose name has not been released, has violent and paranoid tendencies.

Police did not believe the man had access to any kind of firearm.

While the man was not armed with anything but general household items, the neighborhood was evacuated as a precaution.

Negotiations went on for about four hours but were not effective. Officers finally went into the home to get the man.

He was taken into custody without further incident.

No injuries were reported and the evacuated residents were allowed to return to their homes at about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.