KNEB News has confirmed that a rural Gering man has been taken into custody following an armed standoff Monday night.
Shortly after 9 p.m. authorities were dispatched to Floral Drive to investigate a report of a disturbance involving a male possibly armed with some type of weapon.
Upon arrival at the residence Deputies observed several individuals in front of the residence and an adult male yelling in while holding a handgun in his right hand. The male entered the house, and within a short time the other individuals were outside the house and safe.
The Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Office, Gering Police and Nebraska State Patrol set a perimeter to prevent the man from leaving the area. Witness interviews confirmed that there were family issues that contributed to the incident.
Authorities were able to make phone contact with the male, and talked to him on the phone for nearly an hour. Eventually, the man voluntarily walked out of the house, unarmed, and was taken into emergency protective custody and transported to Regional West Medical Center where he was admitted to the Behavioral Health Unit.
Witness interviews confirmed that the man never pointed the gun at any family members or law enforcement officers. During officer’s contact with the man, the handgun was always pointed to the ground.
Officers located the handgun and numerous other firearms inside the home. Sheriff Mark Overman does not anticipate any criminal charges being filed as a result of this incident, and says the man’s name is not being released.
The Scotts Bluff County SWAT team was notified of the ongoing incident but did not respond.