After more than three hours of negotiation with law enforcement officials, a man with a gun locked inside his residence off County Road 3000 east of Rolla Thursday morning was persuaded to seek treatment.
According to the Phelps County Sheriff's Department, Rolla Central Communications received a 911 call at about 6:20 a.m. from the man under extreme stress and threatening bodily harm. His name is not being released.
Sheriff's deputies responded to the residence in the 11000 block of County Road 3000 and found the man locked in his residence with a handgun.
The sheriff's department warrant team and negotiator, along with the Rolla city tactical team and department's combined negotiation unit, with assistance from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, all responded.
After more than three hours of negotiation, the man was persuaded to seek medical assistance. Phelps County emergency services personnel, who were also on the scene during the entire period, took custody of the man and he is presently seeking treatment.
Altogether, more than 45 law enforcement officers, medical personnel and firefighters with the Rolla Fire and Rescue command post responded.
Phelps County Sheriff Rick Lisenbe thanked those on the scene, stating, “As a result of the combined efforts of every agency in Phelps County, law enforcement, fire and ambulance, this man is safe. Thank you all for your support of our citizens.”
During the negotiations, County Road 3000 plus a number of side roads were closed to allow the opportunity for the negotiators and tactical officers to accomplish their work uninterrupted.