- Associated Press - Thursday, February 20, 2014

WOONSOCKET, R.I. (AP) - A man who called 911 from outside Landmark Medical Center on Thursday night and prompted a lockdown of the facility was taken into custody after a standoff that lasted about two hours.

The hospital was put on lockdown at about 7 p.m., police said, after a man called 911 from outside the medical center. Police told WLNE-TV that the man had threatened suicide.

Ambulances were diverted to other hospitals during the standoff.

Sgt. Matthew Ryan said police negotiated with the man for about two hours as he sat in his vehicle near the hospital. Then, authorities used a stun grenade before taking him into custody.

Woonsocket Police Chief Thomas Carey said there were no injuries during the incident, and that police used their training to take the man into custody safely.

“He did step outside the vehicle when we employed the distraction device, and we were able to take him into custody,” Carey said. “The important thing is, in any of these operations, it’s preservation of life that is critical.

“And in this case, no one was injured, everybody in the hospital was safe, the individual was safe, and no officers got hurt. Again, this is what we call a successful outcome to a situation like this.”

The man wasn’t immediately identified by police, who said unspecified charges might be filed on Friday.

The man was evaluated at a hospital before police took him away.

Ryan said that the man was “distraught over family.”

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