man in Cherokee, Iowa surrendered peacefully after a nine hour standoff with police.
CHEROKEE, Iowa (KTIV) -
Cherokee, Iowa Police said they were called to 326 Oak Knoll Drive in Cherokee at 1:45 p.m. on Thursday for a man who was threatening suicide.
Police tried to get 51-year-old James Goslar to come out of his home and talk to them but they noticed a weapon in the house.
So police evacuated residents from the neighborhood and other agencies were called in to assist.
At 11 p.m., Goslar came out of his home and was taken to the Cherokee Regional Medical Hospital for an evaluation.
The Cherokee Police Officers were assisted by the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office Deputies, Iowa State Patrol Iowa State Tactical Unit and other agencies.
A stand-off that lasted over nine hours in Cherokee, Iowa, came to an end when authorities say the man that barricaded himself in the home at 326 Oak Knoll Drive walked out to his driveway to peacefully surrendered.
A source with the Iowa State Patrol said moments during the standoff were tense. At one point, the man cut off communication with authorities.
As of early Friday morning, police have yet to release the mans name. Multiple sources said the man in the standoff was intoxicated.
Police evacuated homes along Oak Knoll Drive. Neighbors reported that was sometime around 2:00 P.M.
KTIV's Sam Curtiss spoke with one neighbor who filled the time at a local restaurant. She didn't want to be identified. "We were stopped at the bottom of the hill," she said. "We weren't even able to get half way up the hill. They weren't able to give us any details on what was happening. It is very much the talk of the town. Everyone is concerned."
The standoff ended just before 11 P.M. and neighbors were then allowed to go home, as authorities with the Cherokee Police Department, Cherokee County Sheriff's Office and Iowa State Patrol packed up at the scene.
Authorities took the man to Cherokee Regional Medical Center to be evaluated.
Several homes in Cherokee, Iowa, have been evacuated as a Thursday afternoon standoff continues.
A Cherokee police dispatcher tells KTIV that the home at the center of the standoff is on Oak Knoll Drive. That's in the southwestern part of Cherokee near the Oak Hill Cemetery. The standoff started at around 5:00pm.
The dispatcher said the street is blocked off, and several homes had to be evacuated.
The dispatcher couldn't say what led to the standoff, but told us that several homes surrounding the site of the standoff had to be evacuated for safety reasons. The dispatcher added that the public, at large, isn't in danger.
Authorities from the Cherokee Police Department, Cherokee County Sheriff's Department, and Iowa State Patrol are on scene.
KTIV's Sam Curtiss spoke with a neighbor, who had to be evacuated. The neighbor didn't want to be identified. "I've been sitting here for about an hour," the neighbor said. "I've not been able to go home since early afternoon." "You said you did try to go home, what happened?" asked Curtiss. "We were stopped at the bottom of the hill," replied the neighbor. "We were not even able to get halfway up the hill." "When police stopped you, what did they say to you?" asked Curtiss. ""They said that they have the situation, they're working on it and making progress and we would be notified when we're able to return home," the neighbor said. "Did they tell you what type of situation?" asked Curtiss. "They weren't able to give us any details of what was happening," said the neighbor. "Have they given any updates or indication of when you can go home," asked Curtiss. "We've been given hourly updates, and they continue to say they're making progress," said the neighbor.