Tuesday, November 27, 2012
FALLS CITY -- Officers arrested a Falls City man Friday morning following a seven-hour standoff that began Thanksgiving night.
At about 10 p.m. Thursday, officers responded to a report of a suicidal man at a residence off Fairview Street in Falls City.
The man, 35-year-old Robert Norton, was threatening to harm himself and his girlfriend, who eventually escaped and ran to a neighbor's house for help.
Norton's father was also in the home when the incident began and was able to leave the residence and call 9-1-1, according to police.
Polk County Sheriff's deputies and officers from the Dallas and Monmouth police departments responded and found the man armed and barricaded in his home.
The Polk County Special Response unit was dispatched to help secure the scene until the Marion County SWAT team arrived to conduct the tactical operation and negotiations with Norton.
The SWAT team attempted to speak with Norton throughout the ordeal, but was mostly unsuccessful, said Polk County Sgt. Tyrone Jenkins. He said the only communication officers had was at the beginning of the standoff.
"He just shut down," Jenkins said. "He basically said that he would kill the officers and kill himself and for us to stay away from him."
Jenkins said Norton was reportedly distraught over his personal life.
Hours after officers arrived, the SWAT team shot gas canisters into the home and searched for Norton. He was found in one of the bedrooms and arrested without incident or injury to anyone involved.
Norton was charged with two counts of menacing and taken to Polk County Jail, where he is being held on $15,000 bail.