Standoff in Gretna ends after several hours


GRETNA, Ne (FOX42KPTM) - A disturbance call in Gretna late Friday morniong turned into a seven-hour standoff between a man and law enforcement.

"A family member came over to a residence and tried to break in," said Dennis Svoboda, a lieutenant with the Sarpy County Sheriff's Office. "He came into the house maybe unwelcome."

The scene was near Gretna High School. Barriers were up, a K-9 unit was out and deputies had guns in hand.

"When deputies arrived, they were able to make contact with the suspect through a window," said Lt. Svoboda.

The sheriff's office says the man's sister called 911 after he refused to leave their parent's house. According to deputies, the man who barricaded himself inside the home is believed to have mental health issues. The standoff lasted well into the evening.

The sister was able to make it out of the home, but for several hours the man was locked in a standoff with law enforcement.

"No demands," said Lt. Svoboda. "He continually told us he was going to come out of the residence peacefully."

It was something he promised many times throughout the day and into the night.

The American Red Cross was also in the neighborhood. With the temperature in the mid-nineties and setting a record, a crew was handing out water bottles to emergency crews on scene.

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