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Police standoff that blocked North National Avenue ends with arrest – Springfield News-Leader

A man was taken into custody after a standoff with Springfield police on National near Dale.

Springfield police have a man in custody after a standoff at home near National Avenue and Dale Street.

Traffic had been blocked in both directions on National Avenue north of Dale Street and nearby Robberson Elementary students were kept inside for recess until the suspect was arrested around 12:30 p.m.

All lanes were open to traffic a short time later.

Police spokesman Lt. Tad Peters said the individual was wanted on “weapons-related violations.”

A News-Leader reporter on the scene observed a group of officers and man in grey sweatpants with his arms up walking backwards away from the house. The man in grey sweatpants kneeled, was handcuffed and put in the armored vehicle.

“We have him in custody,” Peters told the reporter. “We had no problems.”

Residents in the area were asked to stay in their homes.

Teresa Bledsoe, spokesperson for Springfield Public Schools, said police notified the school about the standoff. Bledsoe said that since the standoff is not “in the perimeter” of Robberson Elementary, the school was not in emergency lockdown status. The exterior doors are always locked, Bledsoe said, and the children are being kept indoors as a safety precaution.

A News-Leader reporter on the scene said there were about 12 police cars in the area. A Springfield police armored vehicle, known as the BearCat, arrived a few minutes after noon.

The News-Leader will update this story as more information is available.

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