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Man taken to hospital after police standoff in Wilton Manors

Police negotiate with man for several hours before he surrenders

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WILTON MANORS, Fla. – One person was taken to a hospital Monday morning after a police standoff in Wilton Manors.

Police said officers were called to a home at about 5 a.m. at 625 NW 22nd St. after a friend of the homeowner said that the man wanted to commit suicide.

Local 10 News reporter Ben Kennedy was at the scene as a SWAT team had their guns drawn in front of the home, fearing that the incident could have been a hostage situation.

Police said officers spotted a man inside the home with a firearm and said there was also a woman inside the home.

The woman later told police that she was a friend of the homeowner and was trying to help him. She said that he was not holding her hostage and that she was free to leave at any time.

Still, nearby residents were evacuated from their homes for several hours as a precaution.

One neighbor told Local 10 News that the man is a retired postman in his 70s, who was supposed to have surgery on Tuesday.

"Expecting to have some surgery tomorrow. (He) has a bad kidney. I think the pressure of the removal had some involvement," David Rutherford said.

After hours of negotiating, the woman and man walked out of the home at about  8:30 a.m., police said.

The man was immediately taken to a hospital for psychological evaluation under the Baker Act.

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