Standoff ends with protective custody
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Grand Island police were able to bring about an end to a weekend stand-off that occurred on a city street. One man was transported for mental health evaluation following the incident.
It happened around 7:30 p.m. Saturday 5th Street between Pine Street and Locust Street. That's where a 61-year-old man has stopped his car blocking both lanes of traffic.
He also used traffic cones from his car to block traffic on Pine and Locust.
Witnesses said the man first discharged fireworks near the gas tank of his car. He then reportedly used a sawed off shotgun to shot into his own vehicle.
When police arrived, the man threatened to shoot himself with the gun.
After a long standoff, Grand Island police tactical team using non-lethal weapons and the Hall County Sheriff Department’s K-9 were able to disarm the man. He had minor injuries. No one else was hurt.
The man could face criminal charges for being a felon in possession of a restricted weapon. But first he was taken into Emergency Protective Custody and transported for a mental evaluation.
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