ARDMORE, OK - A suicidal man in an RV who was in a standoff with police in northeast Ardmore around lunch time Tuesday surrendered to police without incident.
It happened around noon at 15th Avenue Northeast and Mount Washington Road. Ardmore police say they received a tip from a social worker who said a man had locked himself in his home near Will Rogers Elementary School and was possibly armed and suicidal.
Police say when they arrived the man was in fact armed and locked inside his home on 15th Place Northwest. Police say it took 30 minutes of convincing, but they were able to get the man to surrender. Investigators say they don't know exactly what caused him to create the stand off situation, but say they are not pursuing any charges The man is currently in the care of a local hospital.
"I don't have all the background information, but what I do know is that he had lost a family member very close to him, and he had some previous battles with mental illness, and he was in a state where he felt very desperate today, and he did the right thing by calling and getting some help," Sgt. Ryan Hunnicutt of the Ardmore Police Department said.
Will Rogers Elementary School Principal Cynthia Hunter says she had a close eye on the situation, but because it was handled quickly and safely, they did not lock down the school.