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Peaceful end to a standoff in grocery store parking lot

Eau Claire (WQOW) -- A man was taken into protective custody after a standoff on Friday afternoon.

It all started when Altoona Police learned about a young man who was threatening to hurt himself and officers believed he may have been armed with a gun.  He was at the Red Cross building initially, but when police showed up, he drove into the Mega parking lot.  The parking lot was blocked off and the grocery store was locked down.  Officers say the man eventually threw a knife out the window and surrendered. No gun was found.  The young man was taken into protective custody.

Shoppers who were inside the Mega store when it happened said they were grateful to both police and the store for how the situation was handled.


Eau Claire (WQOW) -
Authorities put a local store on lock down, after a man threatening suicide fled from police.

Around 5 p.m. Friday evening,  Altoona police were called to the Red Cross building in the EastRidge Center on Hastings Way, on a report that a suicidal man was in the office with a gun.

When officers got to the scene and confronted the man, he got in his vehicle and drove to the Mega East parking lot, and put the vehicle in park.  Officers surrounded the vehicle and put Mega East on lock down as a precaution.

After about 15-20 minutes of negotiating, authorities say the man threw a knife out of the window of his vehicle and surrendered peacefully.  No one was injured in the incident.  Officers took the man into protective custody and say he is undergoing evaluation at this time.

Around 5:40 p.m., customers were allowed out of the Mega East store.


Authorities have taken someone into custody outside Mega East on Hastings Way Friday evening, after the store was put on lock down.

Our reporter on scene says there were at least seven squad cars outside the store, and officers had their rifles drawn. Someone inside the building told us the store had been on lock down since about 5 p.m. and that everyone inside was told to stay away from windows.

Shortly after 5:40 p.m., authorities arrested a person and allowed customers to leave the store.  Our reporter says officers are now investigating a Black Ford Mustang in the parking lot.

We'll continue to update this developing story as we learn more information.

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