A two-hour standoff between authorities and an armed military veteran ended peacefully in Elkview over the weekend.
Kanawha deputies were dispatched to a home on Wills Creek Road Saturday evening after the resident, a Vietnam War veteran, called a Veterans Affairs crisis hotline and threatened suicide, Cpl. Brian Humphreys said.
The man, whose name has not been released, told the counselor he took a large amount of anti-anxiety medication and would shoot himself. He also said he would harm anyone who tried to stop him and that he would shoot at police officers to force them to kill him, Humphreys said.
The counselor called 911 to alert authorities. Deputies, joined by other first responders in the area and the county SWAT team members, evacuated neighbors and closed the road near the house.
The man kept in contact with the counselor, informing them he had weapons. Neighbors also told deputies he had pistols and rifles in the house.
Humphreys said the counselor told deputies that the veteran sounded groggy and seemed to be fading in and out of consciousness. He told the counselor that he'd removed the magazine from his rifle and had put away the gun and ammo.
SWAT team members entered the house and found the man fully alert and responsive sitting on his couch with a loaded firearm next to him. Officers detained him immediately, ensuring he was not able to harm himself or others, Humphreys said.
He was taken to Charleston Area Medical Center's General Hospital where a mental hygiene warrant ordered his evaluation. No criminal charges are expected.
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