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October 22, 2014, 7:16 am
970 WMAY News

Armed Standoff Ends Peacefully Near Riverton

UPDATE: A nearly four-hour standoff in a mobile home park near Riverton has ended peacefully.


Sangamon County Undersheriff Jack Campbell says the suspected gunman surrendered to authorities after the county deployed its MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) military-style vehicle.  The large armored vehicle pulled up to the man's door, and shined spotlights inside.  Campbell says it appears the suspect was intimidated, prompting him to come outside, lay down his weapon and surrender to authorities.


He says no shots were fired and no one was hurt.  Residents are being allowed to return to their homes in the Lincoln Place mobile home park.



[Here is our earlier story on the standoff:]


Hostage negotiators are on the scene of a standoff at a mobile home park near Riverton. 


The incident began around 6pm Tuesday when a man in the Lincoln Place park called police, saying another man had pointed a gun at him.  Sangamon County deputies responded, and Undersheriff Jack Campbell says the armed man then pointed his gun at an officer.  Deputies retreated and called in the tactical response unit. 


Several adjacent mobile homes have been evacuated as police try to bring a peaceful end to the standoff.  Campbell is asking everyone to stay away from the Lincoln Place mobile home park… and says any residents currently at home in the park should stay indoors for their safety.


Stay with 970 WMAY and for updates on this developing story.

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