Lynchburg police standoff ends peacefully

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) A man who held Lynchburg police in a standoff for more than six hours Tuesday has cooperated with officers and the incident has come to an end.

Sergeant Gary Fink with the Lynchburg Police Department tells WDBJ7 the man involved in standoff exited his home peacefully around 10:30 PM. No one involved in the incident was injured.

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Lynchburg police are involved in a standoff with a what they believe is an unarmed man in the midtown area of the city.

Officers received a call around 2:44 PM Tuesday from a person who was concerned about their family member's well being, according to Sergeant Gary Fink with the Lynchburg Police Department.

According to Fink the man made statements that he might harm himself. He then barricaded himself inside a home on Wilton Avenue, behind The Plaza shopping center.

Crisis negotiators were called to the scene around 4:37 PM, Fink said. Officers have maintained communication with the man by phone ever since.

Police remain on the scene and continue to negotiate with the man. Wilton Avenue is currently blocked between Memorial Avenue and Judith Street.

Officers do no believe the man involved in the standoff is posing a direct threat to the public, according to Fink.