Gunman threatens to kill himself in post office

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A 28-year-old Glendale man is facing federal and state felony charges after police say he took a gun into a West Valley post office Tuesday afternoon and threatened to kill himself.

The gunman was taken into custody without incident at about 4:30 p.m. at the post office near 55th and Grand avenues, according to Officer Tracey Breeden, a Glendale police spokeswoman.

Police received a call at about 3 p.m. Tuesday as staff and customers evacuated the post office and the gunman remained in the building alone, Breeden said.

"He never made any threats to harm anybody," she said. "He only threatened to harm himself." 

Glendale SWAT teams responded to the facility by 4 p.m. to begin working with the gunman, Breeden said. A negotiator called the man, spoke with him, and the man peacefully walked out of the building.

"He didn't try to resist," she said. "He followed the directions of the SWAT team and the negotiator."