MOREHEAD CITY - After a standoff of eight hours or more, Morehead City police, at around 8:30 p.m. Saturday, took an armed man who had been holed up in a house at on Pamlico Avenue to Carteret Health Care.
City police Capt. Haywood Wilder said he was not sure whether the man came out of the house on his own or was removed, but said he knew the man was not injured, nor was anyone else in the Morehead Bluffs subdivision, which had been blocked off at various locations all day by state Highway Patrol officers.
“I’m quite pleased with the way this ended,” Capt. Wilder said. “Our officers and others, including those from the Carteret County Sheriff’s Department, were very patient and worked hard to ensure that the outcome was positive as it could be.”
According to Capt. Wilder, neighbors said the man, a Marine Corps veteran, had been in the hospital Friday night, but came home and was seen by neighbors Saturday morning outside the house with a gun and wearing a helmet and military clothing.
He did not know the man’s name, and efforts to find it late Saturday evening were unsuccessful.
“A neighbor called us (Saturday) morning” and reported the activity outside the house, Capt. Wilder said.
City police responded to the call, which came in about 10:30 a.m., and eventually got help from the other agencies.
After a time, by 2:30 p.m. or so, the agencies established phone contact with the man, and then spent hours trying to talk him into coming out peacefully.
Capt. Wilder said some reports indicated the man had fired shots in the morning, while others indicated no shots had been fired. There were no confirmed reports of shots.
At any rate, he said, no one was hurt.
He also noted that a special team from Onslow County, requested by Carteret County Sheriff Asa Buck, had provided assistance.
Capt. Wilder credited not only city officers, but also others, who make up the Carteret County Tactical Team, for the positive outcome.
The man, he said, was taken to the hospital to determine if he needed “mental assistance.” As of 11:30 p.m. Saturday, charges had not been filed.
During the long day, neighbors had been urged to stay inside, and traffic was kept off Pamlico Avenue, which is off Central Drive, and a block from Neuse Avenue, roughly behind 70 West Marina on Arendell Street.