Standoff at Panama City home ends safely

PANAMA CITY, Fla. - A short standoff with a Bayou George man at a Panama City home ended safely Wednesday.

Panama City Police said a crisis negotiation team convinced the man to surrender around 1:30 p.m.

The incident started when the man, who is in his early 20's, and his girlfriend got into an argument at the home at 604 W. 8th Street.

Chief Scott Ervin said the man was threatening to harm himself or shoot anyone who approached the door.

The SWAT Team responded to assist, but the officers were able to convince the man to come out of the home during a 20 minute phone call.

"We never know so that's why we train. That's why we prepare for these type of situations, and of course, it ended in a good resolution. Nobody was harmed, and we were able to get him out, secure him, and get him the services we need," Chief Ervin said.

Officers did not find a gun in the house, according to Ervin. They transported him to a local facility for a mental evaluation but did not file any criminal charges against him.

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