Aug 27, 2013 12:09 PM by Brian White

Police standoff with mentally unstable man ends

TUCSON - A police standoff with a man refusing to come out of his house since 10 o'clock Monday night has ended.

It's all happening in a neighborhood on 10th Avenue and University.

Heavily armed police teams are still on scene as of 11:20 a.m. Tuesday.

The parents of the 32-year-old man called TPD after the man started acting erratically and making threats.

The man is now alone inside. No word on if he has a weapon. Officers have been trying to diffuse the situation since they arrived last night.

After getting the family away from the man, police worked with the parents to get a mental health order.

"Just like a court order that would usually dictate somebody's arrest and taking them to jail, this one actually dictates that we safely collect somebody and transport them to a mental health facility," Tucson Police spokeswoman Sgt. Maria Hawke said.

Police say the man has apparently made threats of suicide by police before, so officers are taking every safety precaution.

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