Wilson Standoff Ends With Arrest

A daylong search for a man ends in a stand off with police. Now that man is in custody. Wilson Police say it all began with a call to a mental health center.

Police say Danny Williamson of Countryside Road called in saying he was suicidal. He said he was in a white 2005 Toyota Tacoma and armed with four guns.

That began a search across Wilson. Around 5:00 p.m. police found the 34-year-old near Forest Hills Road and Tarboro Street.

Police say he got out of the truck and put a gun to his head. He then got back in the truck and continued driving. Police followed him to Westwood Avenue, where he stopped again.

Police began the negotiations and a 2 1/2 hour stand off ensued. With the help of the NC Department of Transportation, police set up a perimeter and evacuated local businesses.

Williamson eventually gave himself up and he was taken into custody without incident, police say. No one was injured during the standoff. Williamson was taken to the Wilson Medical Center for evaluation.

Exact charges against Williamson have not been announced.

In a press release, Chief Thomas Hopkins said, "Unquestionably, there were heightened fears and concerns among our citizens. As always our priority is the safety of citizens and public safety personnel."

Hopkins concluded, "I'm pleased with the outcome."

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  • by nunya on Dec 16, 2011 at 03:31 PM
    The po po should have tailed him from a distance until he got out of a populated area and then tried to stop him.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 16, 2011 at 02:05 PM
    Typical for Wilson.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 16, 2011 at 03:51 PM in reply to
      Maybe your neighborhood, not mine thank you! I live in Wilson.....hopefully you are speaking what YOU know.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 16, 2011 at 01:19 PM
    this is so sad but was handle professional i myself can say i am proud of wilson police force most of the time they jumping out on people without a reason just plain harassing because they can and most folks don,t know their rights its takes them forever to solve a murder case but can be posted faithful at ocsars lounge club watching young girls and begging someone to do their job getting them to snitch all these warrants and childsupport cases they see them everyweek and does nothing more less when something happen it takes minutes or hour to arrive but one person gets stop on a car 9 cars come they all standing around looking stupid i am quite sure they have a lot to do so don,t just focus on one sorry to take it there i am just amaze how they did at this situation
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      by good lord.... on Dec 16, 2011 at 03:49 PM in reply to
  • by LCSW Location: Greenville on Dec 16, 2011 at 07:45 AM
    That, my friends, is how law enforcement deals with someone with mental health issues. Great job Wilson Law Enforcement team; obviously someone took the time and provided mental health training.
  • by Michelle Location: Wilson on Dec 16, 2011 at 07:14 AM
    Way to go WITN for reporting this AFTER everything is over. Even WRAL had stuff on its website while it was going on.
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      by KH on Dec 16, 2011 at 10:14 AM in reply to Michelle
      Always a whiner or complainer in the crowd....
  • by dirty harry Location: Washington on Dec 16, 2011 at 03:29 AM
    That there my friends is a call for help he's a sick man all he needs is some prayer and mess.
  • by SLOWMOTION Location: WILSON on Dec 16, 2011 at 03:19 AM
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      by Robert on Dec 16, 2011 at 06:51 AM in reply to SLOWMOTION
      Lord please be with this man and his family.
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        by Anonymous on Dec 16, 2011 at 11:19 PM in reply to Robert

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