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Madison County standoff ends peacefully

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MADISON COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A Madison County man who held off sheriff's deputies for nearly four hours Friday afternoon is in custody and is undergoing a mental evaluation at a local hospital.  

A Madison County deputy went to William Thomas Chisholm's home, in the Harvey Crossing subdivision, about 1 p.m. His mother called the department and asked them to check on him because he was not in a good mental state.

Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker described the scene shortly after the call. 

"The gentleman was obviously agitated, made some verbal threats to the deputy and pulled a small caliber handgun on him, told him to get off his property. The deputy backed away, called in some backup."

Sheriff Tucker says Chisholm also pulled a rifle on swat team members. After conversations with the Madison County man and his refusal to walk outside, tear gas was thrown into to the house. Chisholm, at home by himself, was taken into custody by one of the three swat teams on site.

"He's headed to the hospital to get the treatment that he needs. The community is safe, nobody got hurt and that's the objective," explained Tucker moments after the standoff was over.

Two streets in the neighborhood were evacuated, while others waited for hours to be let inside.

"We don't won't anybody in harms way. I would rather be overly cautious than have a citizen injured or hurt," says Tucker. 

"We got the faith in them that they'll do their job and we don't want to go inside of there and it's unsafe for the residents," said patiently waiting resident Marcus Patterson. 

Residents say Harvey Crossing is normally a quite neighborhood. A standoff with police is the last thing they ever expected.

Beau Crabtree lives just a few houses down from the standoff. He says deputies have been to  Chisholm's house before but he has never been fearful of the man. 

"Last week, you know, we didn't really know what was going on, but plumes of smoke last week from him burning stuff but we never expected this," recalled Crabtree.

At this point, no charges have been filed.

The Harvey Crossing subdivision is off Yandell Road, east of Gluckstadt.

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