ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – Some residents were forced to evacuate their homes after police became involved in a standoff with an armed man in north St. Louis on Wednesday.
Police said the entire incident was triggered by the man having what they described as a 'diabetic episode.'
Authorities said shortly after noon, the man grabbed his shotgun and told the relatives staying in the house to leave. He then locked himself inside his house near the intersection of Natural Bridge and Warne around 1 p.m.
Skyzoom 4 cameras at one point captured multiple police officers and SWAT units on the scene trying to coax the man out of his apartment, but for hours he would not leave. Some of the officers had their guns drawn.
Authorities evacuated nearby residents out of their homes and got them back to a safe distance as a precaution.
The scene eventually ended after police deployed tear gas, and the man surrendered peacefully just before 5 p.m.
Police say the suspect's blood-sugar levels were dramatically altered and he wasn't thinking clearly. He was taken to the hospital for high-blood pressure and blood sugar treatments.
Several streets were blocked off during the standoff. Warne and Vandeventer were closed, as well as the three east-west streets just south of Natural Bridge.
Police said no hostages were involved. There have been no charges issued.