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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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