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Man brought to hospital after barricading himself in home

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The road leading to the apartment complex has been blocked off. The road leading to the apartment complex has been blocked off.
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Police in Vernon said the man who barricaded himself inside an apartment Tuesday morning has been brought to a local hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.

Officers were called to the Vernon Pines apartment complex before 10 a.m. after an unidentified man made threats and had a gun.

Police received word of the situation and requested a SWAT team to assist the Vernon Police Department in investigating the incident.

"He just made mention of a gun and because of his belligerent and irrational state we decided to call out the hostage negotiators as well as the swat team," said Vernon police Lt. William Meir.

Eric Marandino said he was running on the nearby Vernon Rails to Trails when he saw the first emergency crews arrive on scene.

"There were eight of them right in a row, and I was in there running. I just kept hearing sirens," he said.

Vernon police couldn't get the man to talk to them when they first came out, so they evacuated the surrounding apartments.

"They just told us that they're surrounding the building over there, get away," said neighbor Thomas Fraser. "You're not allowed around the building."

Police said the situation ended peacefully just before 12:30 p.m.

The unidentified man was taken into police custody and was brought to the local hospital for a psychological evaluation.

Neighbors told Eyewitness News this isn't the first time they've had a situation there.

"Two, three years ago it happened. The same thing like that," said Octavio Munez, Jr. of Vernon. "He needed medication then, probably needed a little more help."

Neighbors describe the man as in his 50's with a history of medical problems. At this point, police said the situation is still under investigation, and they don't know what charges he'll be facing for this scare.

"It seems to get worse every day, see it on the news," said neighbor Eric Marandino. "It's scary when it's this close to home."

Vernon Pines is a complex of 73 one- and two-bedroom apartments.

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