Police: Caruthersville man threatened to blow himself up

Monday, April 12, 2010 | 6:19 p.m. CDT

CARUTHERSVILLE — A southeast Missouri man is undergoing mental evaluation after police say he threatened to blow himself up.

The Sikeston Standard Democrat reported that police in Caruthersville were called to a home late Sunday, where a man was threatening suicide. When police arrived he refused to open the door, but allegedly told officers he was going to start shooting at everyone on his property.

Police say the situation escalated when the man said he had dynamite and would ignite it. Police evacuated the neighborhood.

After two hours of negotiations, officers used a stun gun at the front door, then chased the man to the back of the house, where he was captured after a scuffle.

No one was hurt. Authorities say charges are pending.

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