COLUMBIA — A man was arrested Sunday morning after a seven-hour standoff with the Columbia Police Department's SWAT and Crisis Negotiation teams.

An arrest warrant was issued Friday for Mehrdad Fotoohighiam, 60, of Columbia, on a charge of first-degree arson that carried a $5 million cash-only bond. The warrant stemmed from a Dec. 15 house fire at 3406 Rock Quarry Road, according to a Police Department news release. One woman, the only occupant at the time, was injured while evacuating the residence. 

At about 10:30 on Saturday night, Fotoohighiam barricaded himself inside a home in the 5500 block of Carrick Court when officers arrived to serve the warrant.

Fotoohighiam was reported to have access to weapons and was not cooperating, according to the release. Officers were able to safely remove other people from the house but could not persuade Fotoohighiam to surrender.

The SWAT and Crisis Negotiation teams arrived at about 2 a.m. Sunday. They were able to take Fotoohighiam into custody peacefully at about 6:50 a.m.

No injuries were reported. 

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