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Standoff in Bossier City ends without incident

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A standoff in Bossier City has ended after authorities say the man threatening to harm himself has surrendered peacefully.

Police received the call around 9:30 a.m. from an acquaintance regarding a 44-year-old man who was threatening to harm himself, according to Bossier City police spokesperson Mark Natale.

Authorities were told that the man was near the Red River, however, they were able to locate him at a home in the 300 block of Waller Avenue, near the intersection of Waller and Y Jean Street. Police say that they had no indication that the man knew the person who lived at the home on Waller Avenue.

More than two dozen units responded to the scene. As a precaution, the Bossier City Fire Department Bomb Squad were present. Police attempted to evacuate the two neighboring homes, but they were already empty.

Police say the man initially refused to comply but later surrendered. They were able to find a pistol in his possession. 

The incident was located near three Bossier Schools. Sonja Bailes with Bossier Parish Schools says Kerr Elementary, Rusheon Middle School, and Waller Elementary were in  "restricted movement". That means classes continued, but students are not allowed outside school buildings. Bailes has released a statement, which is also available on Facebook.

Bossier City Police are currently working an incident on Waller Avenue in the vicinity of three Bossier Parish schools. 
There is no immediate threat. However, as a precautionary measure, Kerr Elementary, Waller Elementary and Rusheon Middle School are on restrictive movement. This means classes are continuing as normal, but students will not be allowed outside the school building until authorities give the all-clear. School Resource Officers are at these three schools, as well as additional Bossier Parish Sheriff's deputies. Again, this is a precautionary measure to ensure the safety of our students.

The man will not be charged but was taken to University Health for an evaluation. Police described him as distraught and did not discuss his mental health history.

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