Lawrence police say 1 in custody following standoff at 27th Street, Haskell Avenue

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Lawrence police block off 27th Street just east of Haskell Avenue during a standoff with a man at a house who was reportedly armed with a gun, Monday, Oct. 16, 2017.

Lawrence police took a man into custody following an approximately eight-hour armed standoff Monday evening near 27th Street and Haskell Avenue, the department said in a news release.

Officers were called to a home at 1014 E. 27th St. around 4:30 p.m. Monday for a report of gunshots, Officer Drew Fennelly said.

The man shooting the gun was the person who called police, officers soon learned, and he began to make threats to harm police and residents in the area, Fennelly said.

With the aid of an armored vehicle, police evacuated houses in the immediate area, blocked off surrounding streets and set up around the house, Fennelly said.

Around 12:40 a.m. Tuesday, the man exited the house with a gun, and officers “deployed multiple different less-lethal weapons to gain compliance from the suspect,” who was then taken into custody at 12:46 a.m., Fennelly said. Police declined to comment on the weapons or tactics used to subdue the suspect out of concern that revealing such tactics would compromise officers in the future.

During the arrest, the man sustained injuries that were not life-threatening, and police took him to the hospital for treatment and a mental health evaluation and he remained at the hospital as of 9 a.m., Fennelly said. The suspect had not been booked into the Douglas County Jail. Police were not releasing the identity of the man because of the mental health issues involved and would not give any other details about his arrest, Fennelly said.

No other injuries were reported in connection with the incident.