Man in custody after overnight standoff in South City - KMOV.com

Man in custody after overnight standoff in South City

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Police on scene of a standoff on Chippewa Wednesday night (Credit: KMOV) Police on scene of a standoff on Chippewa Wednesday night (Credit: KMOV)

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – A man is in police custody after a standoff in south St. Louis overnight.

Late Wednesday night, police were called to an area of Chippewa between Michigan and Virginia. When they arrived, they taped off the street around one of the nearby buildings. 

Responding officers said when they arrived the 60-year-old suspect fired shots at them and retreated into his house.

Farrakhan Shegog, a relative of the man believed to be at the center of the standoff, told News 4 the man was going through some personal issues and suffered from a mental illness. He said police were able to diffuse the situation.

“We’re thankful to the chief negotiator tonight, Sgt. Panzer and also Lt. Allen of St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department,” Shegog said. “As I mentioned earlier, what was unique about this is that we were able to relay some information to these negotiators, information that they obviously use to help bring about a peaceful solution.”

The standoff ended around 1 a.m. Thursday. After being taken into custody, the suspect was taken to the hospital for a psychiatric evaluation. 

No other information has been made available.

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