Police officers surround house at Garth and Noble

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 | 6:28 p.m. CST; updated 10:34 a.m. CST, Wednesday, January 9, 2013

COLUMBIA —Police surrounded a house at 520 Noble Ct. for about two hours Tuesday night.

Officers started leaving the scene at around 6:30 p.m., after discovering that nobody was inside the house.

The standoff started after police got a report of someone being threatened with a gun inside the house. When officers arrived at the house, they believed the suspect was still armed and hiding in the basement, said Sgt. Lance Bolinger with the Columbia Police Department.

About half a dozen police cars were at the scene. Officers were shouting for the suspect to come out of the house.

A daycare across the street was closed. Two women and three children were waiting for police to tell them it's safe to leave the area.

"The police have been posted out here with guns drawn over two hours," said Julie Pogue, the mother of two of the children at the daycare. "(Police) have yet to go in the home and no one has yet come out. They have yet to block the street off. Random people are walking around."

The investigation remained open, said Bolinger. He said he didn't know what charges were pending.

Supervising editor is Simina Mistreanu.

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