POLICE BEAT

South Portland standoff ends peacefully

Posted Aug. 28, 2012, at 2:33 p.m.

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Tragedy was avoided in the Redbank neighborhood of South Portland on Tuesday when a standoff ended peacefully, police said.

Officers had been dispatched to an address at MacArthur Circle West after a 54-year-old man was threatening to commit suicide, according to South Portland police Lt. Frank Clark.

Police aren’t releasing the man’s name because he hasn’t been charged with any crime, Clark said.

Officers attempted to establish control with the man but were unable to do so, according to Clark. Police from South Portland, Scarborough and personnel from the Southern Maine Regional Swat, consisting of officers from South Portland, Scarborough and Cape Elizabeth, all responded.

It was eventually determined the man was alone inside the house, and negotiators were able to contact him via telephone, Clark said. The man surrendered without incident around 12:30 p.m and was taken to Maine Medical Center for evaluation.

Edged weapons, but no firearms, were found at the scene, Clark said. Nobody was injured in the incident.

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