The Merced Police Department's SWAT team responded to a residence in the 1000 block of West 19th Street early Thursday morning to a report of a man threatening to commit suicide.
The situation ended peacefully shortly after 8 a.m., after the man, a 50-year-old Latino male, complied with police requests and exited the house. The man was in the house alone, said Lt. Jim Gurden.
The man's name is not being released by police.
SWAT responded around 4 a.m. after police received reports the man could be armed with either a gun or a knife. Police searched the home for weapons Thursday morning but none was found.
The incident began around 2:30 a.m. after police dispatch received a call from the man, threatening to commit suicide, saying he'd put a knife in his heart. When officers arrived, he retreated back into the house and wouldn't come out.
The neighbors were evacuated as a precaution. Police negotiators spoke with the man on the telephone, asking him to leave the house peacefully. "We don't know the issues that he has," Gurden said, during the early morning standoff.
No shots were fired by either the man or police. He didn't make any verbal threats to neighbors or officers.
The man will not face charges. He will be taken to a mental health facility for evaluation, Gurden said.
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